Posted by: westlancashirerecord | April 13, 2016

Cameron Dodgy? Surely Not?

Mr Dennis Skinner (Bolsover) (Lab). Does the Prime Minister recall that in the time after he became Prime Minister in the coalition, when he was dividing the nation between strivers and scroungers, I asked him a very important question about the windfall he received when he wrote off the mortgage of the premises in Notting Hill and did not write of the mortgage of the premises the taxpayers were helping to pay for in Oxford? I did not receive a proper answer then. Maybe “Dodgy Dave” dodgy will answer it now—[Interruption]—and by the way—[Hon. Members: “Withdraw!”]

Mr Speaker. Order. I must ask the hon. Gentleman—[Interruption.] I do not require any assistance from some junior Minister—an absurd proposition! I invite the hon. Gentleman to withdraw the adjective he used a moment ago. He is perfectly capable of asking his question without using that word. It is up to him, but if he does not wish to withdraw it, I cannot reasonably ask the Prime Minister to answer the question. All he has to do is withdraw that word and think of another.

Mr Skinner. Which word?

Mr Speaker. I think he knows—the word beginning with D and ending in Y that he used inappropriately. Withdraw—it is very simple.

Mr Skinner. I know what you are talking about, Mr Speaker. This man has done more to divide this nation than anybody else, and he has looked after his own pocket. I still refer to him as “Dodgy Dave”—[Interruption.] Do what you like! [Interruption.] dodgyd
Mr Speaker Order. I am sorry, I must ask the hon. Gentleman to withdraw the word—

Mr Skinner. Not a chance!

Mr Speaker. Very well. The Speaker ordered Mr Skinner, Member for Bolsover, to withdraw immediately from the House during the remainder of the day’s sitting (Standing Order No. 43), and the Member withdrew accordingly. [for a well earned cup of tea?]


  1. Well said Mr Skinner, I couldn’t have put it better myself. Now, are we as a nation going to move to have a vote of no confidence from our MPs? I would most certainly hope so; though I fail to see that any of them have the gusto to do so.

    • Mr Skinner seems to have struck a cord. But getting the nation to stir itself into a vote of no confidence is unlikely. And so the Westminster elite will carry on doing what it does, because it’s all down to democracy, isn’t it?

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