The SNP MP could be seen being sworn into Parliament in the aftermath of last week’s general election with his fingers crossed as he swore to “bear true allegiance” to the Queen as a member of the Commons. Holding his right hand up with his index and middle fingers crossed, Mr Bonnar proclaimed: “I do solemnly, sincerely and truly declare and affirm that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, her heirs and successors, according to law.” But social media users were quick to spot his “stunt” and call out the newly-elected MP for acting like an “embarrassing child” during the solemn ceremony.
One user wrote on Twitter: “Just a simple question @StevenBonnarSNP what possessed you to cross your fingers whilst affirming your lawful oath to serve @theSNP and members of your Constituency?
“We need this to be addressed with a public statement.”
Another said: “Steven Bonnar is an embarrassment to himself, his party and more importantly, his country.
“No doubt he felt like a really big boy with his moronic finger-crossing stunt. Everyone else just saw a cupid stunt.”
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SNP MP Steven Bonnar was spotted crossing his fingers as he read out the Oath of Allegiance
SNP MP Steven Bonnar sparked outrage for his “stunt” in the Commons
One viewer wrote on the social media platform: “@NicolaSturgeon if Steven Bonnar can’t swear into Parliament properly then perhaps he should not be there.
“At the very least he should grow up! If he can’t swear allegiance to the crown, then don’t be a UK MP!”
Another added: “What an embarrassing child Steven Bonnar is. Get back over Hadrians Wall. No place in Westminster for childish gestures like that. #Parliament.”
And one more user urged Prime Minister Boris Johnson to question the gesture: “@BorisJohnson May I start by saying a huge congratulations on your thrashing of the Labour Party.
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SNP MP Steven Bonnar later shared a picture of his swearing-in cropping the crossed fingers
“Can I please ask why SNP MP Steven Bonnar was allowed to be sworn in with him clearing crossing his fingers when taking his oath. Embarrassing.”
But the Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill SNP MP appeared unrepentant about the gesture, posting an image of his swearing-in on Twitter – but with his gesture cropped from the photo.
The picture was accompanied with the caption: “That’s us all official now. I have been sworn in as the MP for Coatbridge Chryston and Bellshill.
“I look forward to serving all constituents to the best of my ability for the time Scotland remains within the UK.”
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The SNP won 48 seats, a 13-seat increase compared to 2017
Mr Bonnar is one of the 48 new SNP MPs elected into the House of Commons in the last general election.
Nicola Sturgeon’s election results marked a net gain of 13 seats, with one notable snatch from the Liberal Democrats.
SNP candidate Amy Callaghan managed to capture 19,672 of the vote in East Dunbartonshire, the constituency of Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson.
She was ousted by just 149 votes and has now stepped down as leader of the Liberal Democrats.