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Defence Secretary: Labour MP comments 'scandalous'

Labour MP Paul Flynn was suspended from the House of Commons today after accusing the Ministry of Defence ministerial team of lying over Afghanistan policy and then refusing to withdraw the remark.

Speaker John Bercow demanded the Newport West MP retract his statement but Mr Flynn refused, insisting it was more important for him to leave it on the record.

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said Mr Flynn's comments "were scandalous".