Speaker suspends House of Commons for an hour due to Penny Mordaunt no-show

The Speaker has suspended Thursday’s sitting of the House of Commons after a member the government failed to turn up to answer questions on time.Penny Mordaunt, the leader of the House, had been due to be quizzed by MPs on parliamentary business this morning.However, ahead of the session she confirmed she would be around an hour late.As Ms Mordaunt has no deputy to take her place, the Speaker said the business would be put back by an hour – a highly unusual occurrence. He did not relay a reason for Ms Mordaunt’s delayed arrival.Parliament TV