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Rochelle Ford

House Speaker Rochelle Forde gestures as she speaks with Clerk, Nicole Herbert immediately before the end of the live broadcast on Thursday, May 5, 2022.

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Today’s (Thursday) sitting of Parliament ended prematurely at 8:25 p.m. after a bat defecated on Speaker Rochelle Forde’s standing orders, multiple lawmakers have told iWitness News.

The suspension came as West Kingstown MP, Daniel Cummings, an opposition lawmaker, was debating an opposition motion calling for a halt of the development of the quarry at Richmond.

Around 8:24 p.m., Minister of Local Government, Senator Julian Francis, rose and asked that Cummings withdraw a statement.

Francis claimed that Cummings was imputing improper motives for the establishment of the quarry in Richmond.

In the moments immediately before Francis spoke, the Speaker appeared to have touched something on her desk then looked at her hands.

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 She then said, “Honourable Members, just give me a minute — on an unrelated matter. Madame Clerk, one minute, please.”

The clerk, Nichole Herbert approached the speaker’s desk and the two appeared to speak but nothing of their exchange could be heard on the live broadcast.

In the meantime, the lawmakers continued with their cross talk and the speaker again told them she needed a minute “on an unrelated matter”.

The speaker and the clerk continued to speak in muted voices, during which the speaker gestured with her hands, as if taking account of the extent of something on her desk.

She then said, “I am going to ask — Honourable Member for West Kingstown, I have stopped your time. I am going to ask API to take the cameras down and put a halt on the live feed for a moment, please.”

iWitness News understands that after the live feed was cut, the speaker told lawmakers that a bat had defecated on her standing orders.

The sitting was then suspended until next Tuesday.

One lawmaker told iWitness News that there was a single bat flying around in the assembly chamber. 

“It’s not that it was a clear and present danger,” the lawmaker said.  

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9 replies on “Parliament halted after bat defecates on Speaker’s Standing Orders”

  1. coming in from the cold says:

    Cumming you are a representative of the people you can state our grievances any way you see fit in parliament don’t let that ulp plant dictate anything to you. Call them out for the injustices they meter out on poor people daily because if we do it they will want to sue us. Then they use all types of underhanded tactics to upset, delay and otherwise manipulate parliamentary proceedings.

  2. Leg spinner says:

    Is this true? Iwnsvg.com did you see the bat deficate or somebody tell you so? Well, murda, ULP for sure deserve a place in the world records book for underhanded tactics.

  3. A warning to the Speaker of the House and the Government and others who continue to defy the needs of the Constituency in question and other matters pertaining to the laws of the land.
    The Bat has spoken.

  4. That is not a real bat that’s the same bat that does be flying inside the ballot boxes election day.

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