A Tory MP spoke for 90 minutes straight in order to block a law that would give carers free hospital parking has caused outrage - but it seems that actually no one should be surprised, given his previous form.
Philip Davies spoke for an hour and a half in the Commons on Friday, which, alongside another 80 minutes from other Tory MPs, meant that there was no time to vote on the law.
His colleagues Christopher Chope, David Nuttall and Health Minister Alistair Burt also helped him out.
Philip Davies concludes his speech on #hospital parking charges after 90 minutes...— BBC Parliament (@BBCParliament) October 30, 2015
The move was blasted as “shameless” by Labour MP Julie Cooper, who drew up the Hospital Parking Charges Bill.
Cooper, who was hit by huge hospital parking bills while caring for her mother, told the Mirror: "People all round the country who watched that debate will be disgusted - particularly carers.
"To see the government playing games with it and to think that's clever and funny is obscene.
"I won't be letting the issue drop and I'm glad we did win some concessions. The minister said there will now be a recommendation to provide free parking."
Labour’s London mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan also branded the move “pretty shameless”.
Reaction on social media was similar…
The more I think about this the more I just can't understand why you would be this dickhead. Why block it? https://t.co/826q8fuq7O— Abi Wilkinson (@AbiWilks) October 30, 2015
Anyone - ANYONE - who voted for Philip Davies, should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves. https://t.co/FXPxA4XWop— Paul Bernal (@PaulbernalUK) October 30, 2015
There are no words that I can say about this that aren't extremely offensive so https://t.co/kxXPrk4zeg— Rhiannon L Cosslett (@rhiannonlucyc) October 30, 2015
When my dad was dying I had to leave his bedside every few hours to feed the meter. Total contempt for Philip Davies https://t.co/wdUYOS32yA— Jason Beattie (@JBeattieMirror) October 30, 2015
Philip Davies is a despicable human being . Talking out a proposal in parliament for carers to get free parking— Sara Gaskill (@minceycat73) October 31, 2015
Philip Davies filibusters to death a bill on free hospital car parking for carers. Awful man. https://t.co/YN0AuiLZoi— Chris Wills (@crispeater) October 30, 2015
But this is not the first time Davies has thwarted legislation by simply talking.
In 2014, he managed to filibuster an attempt to legally stop landlords evicting tenants who ask for basic repairs to their rented property, according to the Independent.
He also attempted to use the same tactic to stop legislation which would ensure a commitment to spend 0.7 per cent of GDP on international aid.
The Shipley MP was unsuccessful on that occasion, despite speaking for around an hour.
This is the second time this week that Davies has found himself facing a backlash.
He called for a Commons debate on International Men’s Day, to the derision of many including Labour MP Jess Phillips. Phillips went on to receive a barrage of horrific online abuse, including rape threats.Suggest a correction