THIS is the shocking moment Labour’s shadow chancellor John McDonnell snatched the ceremonial mace following a heated debate in the House of Commons back in 2009.
The mace in parliament is a symbol of royal authority, and without it neither House can meet or pass laws.
It comes after Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle was ordered to withdraw from the House of Commons immediately, after grabbing the ceremonial mace in an act of protest on Monday evening.
Mr Russell-Moyle said he acted "on the spur of the moment" because of his frustration MPs were not being listened to.
Speaking from the Red Lion pub just outside Parliament, the Labour MP said: "The symbolic gesture of lifting the mace and removing it is that the will of Parliament to govern is no longer there has been removed.
"I felt Parliament had effectively given up its sovereign right to govern properly.
"They stopped me before I got out of the Chamber and I wasn't going to struggle with someone wearing a huge sword on their hip."