Tommy Sheppard responds to claims of 'unfortunate' hand gesture
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Raising a point of order, Conservative John Lamont accused SNP MP Tommy Sheppard of making an “unfortunate hand gesture” at Mr Ross. Mr Lamont said: “I believe it to be disrespectful to my honourable friend but perhaps to other people watching this debate outside this place. I seek your guidance to that type of behaviour and whether it is acceptable in this place.”
Deputy Speaker Eleanor Laing said: “I thank the honourable gentleman for his Point of Order.
“I caught that something had occured but I could not see what the gentleman did with his hands.
“But if he did make a gesture which is unbecoming, I’m sure he will apologise.”
Mr Sheppard said he had “no intention to make any gesture that would cause offence”.
He added: “I was trying to indicate that the honourable gentleman had not given due consideration.
“I’m not sure what gesture, I was pointing to my head and saying ‘think!’.
He said: “I do apologise if any offence was taken, it was not intended.”
Labour’s Christian Matheson said: “The SNP can’t see the irony as they sit across from the Conservatives that they’re two cheeks of the same backside.”
He added: “Don’t be seduced by the power of the dark side that is divisive nationalism.”hand gesture” at Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross in Commons.
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