Reprimand the Tory MP who heckled a presenting SNP MP by suggesting he commit suicide.
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On Tuesday 12th June, a Tory MP heckled SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford as he presented a speech about devolution.
During the statement "Mr Speaker, what options are available to us in this house to ensure that the Government understands real concern among people in Scotland at this unprecedented power grab, and how can we make sure that our voices are heard?" after the line "Mr Speaker, what options are available to us in this house.." you can hear a minister shout 'Suicide'. (As per the video below).
Recent studies show suicide to be the biggest killer of men under the age of 45, that teenage suicides in London have risen 107% and that the suicide rate among UK students rose by 56 per cent in the 10 years between 2007 and 2016.
These figures simply scratch the surface. For anyone who has faced suicidal thoughts or been impacted by losing someone to suicide, this comment is not only distasteful but intentionally aimed to cause the speaker both alarm and distress.
Referring to The Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 inserted Section 4A into the Public Order Act 1986 (prohibiting anyone from causing alarm or distress through the use of threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour, or disorderly behaviour) we would request that this MP is identified, investigated thoroughly and reprimanded accordingly.
If our MPs see it fit to joke about or actively encourage suicide there is no hope for de-stigmatising mental health issues and addressing the silent epidemic facing our country. Therefore, anyone choosing to act in this way should be identified and reprimanded accordingly.
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