Borders MP escorts Ukraine’s ambassador to the House of Commons
BORDERS MP John Lamont was asked by Boris Johnson to escort Ukraine’s Ambassador to the UK on a visit to the House of Commons last week.
Vadym Prystaiko received a rare standing ovation from MPs in emotional scenes at the start of Prime Minister’s Questions.
Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle confirmed the ambassador sat in the gallery above the chamber to watch the weekly clash.
Mr. Lamont said: “To be able to meet the Ambassador of Ukraine as his country fights for its existence has been an extremely moving experience.
“I was in the House of Commons listening to MP Alok Sharma, President of COP26, talk about the support Borders College had received from the UK government when my phone started buzzing with messages from the Prime Minister’s office.
“The Ukrainian Ambassador was about to arrive with the Prime Minister and they asked me to escort the Ambassador to the podium to watch the Prime Minister’s Questions.
“I think we all share a sense of solidarity and sympathy for the people of Ukraine as Russian President Putin’s brutal military forces invade their country.”
So I wanted to give my personal support but also that of all the Borders to the ambassador during our meeting.