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Kosovo parliament evacuated over tear gas stunt

Parliament in Kosovo was disrupted after protesting members threw tear gas canisters to delay an important vote.

The government chamber was evacuated after tear gas filled the arena on Wednesday.

Several MPs had sought to disrupt a vote on a newly proposed border between Kosovo and neighbouring Montenegro.

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Rory Stewart elected Defence Select Committee chair

Conservative MP Rory Stewart has been elected the new chair of the House of Commons Defence Select Committee, taking over from fellow Tory James Arbuthnot.

Tory MP Rory Stewart will be the new chair of the Defence Committee. Credit: Bob Collier/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Mr Stewart, who represents the Cumbria constituency of Penrith and The Border, has served in the army and the diplomatic service, along with running a charity in Afghanistan.

Bercow: Noise in Parliament 'puts MPs off contributing'

The House of Commons Speaker has criticised the "histrionics and cacophony of noise" during Prime Minister's Questions, saying it puts MPs off contributing.

Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow calls for order during Prime Minister's Questions. Credit: PA

John Bercow, who is responsible for maintaining order in the Commons, said Parliament was "spray painting its own shop window" by appearing to generate higher decibel levels than Deep Purple.

He said that despite recognising that behaviour must improve, the party leaders had yet to make a specific commitment to help do so.

BBC Radio 4's PM programme said Mr Bercow told them that "seasoned parliamentarians" boycotted PMQs out of embarrassment and that some female MPs did not want to take part in the session.

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