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Sir Lindsay Hoyle has written to his American counterpart Nancy Pelosi to express 'solidarity' after her office was looted when pro-Trump rioters stormed Congress in Washington DC last night.
Supporters of Donald Trump have broken into the Capitol to try to prevent Joe Biden's election victory from being ratified.
During the violent protest, rioters broke into the House Speaker's private office, posed for photos and stole items from her desk.
One man, Richard Barnett, bragged to the New York Times that he had accepted one of her letters and showed it to reporters outside, adding: “I wrote her a nasty note and put my feet on her desk. "
This afternoon Sir Lindsay, Speaker of the House of Commons, sent a personal note to Ms. Pelosi saying, “I just wanted to express my shock at last night's events at the Capitol and to express my solidarity with such unprovoked violence.
& # 39; It was particularly scandalous to see your office destroyed in this way and occupied by one of the rioters.
"I'm just so relieved you haven't been hurt, although I can only imagine how violated you must feel after having a protester at your desk."
He added: 'I hope none of your personal belongings have been damaged, especially the beautiful photo you showed me so proudly of Churchill's speech to the 1941 joint session of the United States Congress, as witnessed by your father. used to be.
Suffice it to say, you are on my thoughts and prayers – and I look forward to welcoming you to the UK later this year. With warm wishes, Lindsay. "
After Trump's support broke into the Capitol, Congress was suspended, forcing politicians to put on gas masks and hide until the National Guard was finally deployed to restore order.
But they later came back from the hiatus to wrap up the debate over the electoral college vote, which earned Mr. Biden the presidency, and voted to ratify it around 3 a.m. local time.
That's Richard & # 39; Bigo & # 39; Barnett, 60, from Gravette, Ak., Showing off the personalized envelope he got from Speaker Pelosi's office. He insisted he hadn't stolen it – "I left a quarter on her desk." pic.twitter.com/aST7MCoRwP
– Matthew Rosenberg (@AllMattNYT) January 6, 2021
Ms. Pelosi tweeted, “Today's disgraceful attack on our democracy – anointed at the highest level of government – should not deter us from our responsibility to the Constitution.
"Tonight we will proceed with the certification of the election of President-elect Joe Biden."
The Washington scenes led to conviction in the UK, with Home Secretary Priti Patel saying that Mr Trump's comments "led directly to the violence" that killed four people.
Her cabinet member Dominic Raab welcomed Congress that it could resume proceedings to certify Mr. Biden as the next president, adding, “It sends an important message that the democratic will of the American people cannot be challenged or destroyed. through the actions of a violent minority. "
Theresa May, who had a tense relationship with Mr. Trump when she was Prime Minister, tweeted: “After yesterday's troubling scenes in the Capitol, I welcome Congress to certify Joe Biden as the next president.
“The orderly transfer of power is a hallmark of a mature democracy. There is no room for the rule of the crowd. "
Today's shameful attack on our democracy – anointed at the highest level of government – should not deter us from our responsibility to the constitution. Tonight, we move on to certify the election of President-elect Joe Biden.
– Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) January 7, 2021