Dennis Skinner

Beast of Bolsover’s broken birthday promise

7 February 2018 16:36

PMQs proved a more lively affair than usual thanks to the Beast of Bolsover. Dennis Skinner attempted to ask a…

The Beast of Bolsover takes centre stage at conference

25 September 2017 12:35

Sadiq Khan had to fight for his speaking slot at this year’s Labour’s conference. But while it was apparently difficult…

2017 General Election: the ten ‘Portillo moments’ to watch out for

7 June 2017 23:50

Just as in 2015, this election promises to be a tough fight for some of the biggest names. Depending on…

Watch: John Bercow lets the Beast of Bolsover’s ‘dodgy Dave’ comment slide

6 July 2016 12:48

In April, Dennis Skinner was ejected by the Speaker from the Commons after he called the Prime Minister ‘dodgy Dave’.…

Beast of Bolsover backs Brexit

9 June 2016 22:48

At this late stage in the EU referendum campaign, the majority of MPs have declared their voting intentions — with…

Watch: Dennis Skinner makes his annual contribution to the Queen’s Speech – ‘hands off the BBC’

18 May 2016 11:58

Last year the Beast of Bolsover failed to make his annual contribution to the Queen’s Speech after he found himself…

Watch: Dennis Skinner tells Jeremy Hunt to ‘wipe that smirk off his face’

25 April 2016 18:50

Given that the last time Dennis Skinner criticised a Tory Cabinet member in the Chamber he was ejected from the…

Today in audio: Jeremy Hunt stands firm ahead of junior doctors strike

25 April 2016 17:20

Jeremy Hunt has been facing questions in the Commons ahead of tomorrow’s junior doctors strike. The Health Secretary said the…

Today in audio: PM branded ‘dodgy Dave’ as tax row rumbles on

11 April 2016 17:26

David Cameron has been defending himself in the Commons following the publication of his tax return. He said he found…

Has David Cameron’s tax debacle united the Tories?

11 April 2016 17:10

Yet again, David Cameron has reason to be grateful for the quality of the opposition facing him. First of all,…

Watch: Dennis Skinner ejected from Commons over ‘dodgy Dave’ insult

11 April 2016 16:42

This afternoon David Cameron has had to face the music in the Commons over his shares in his father’s offshore fund.…

Watch: Dennis Skinner takes Cameron to task over Osborne’s ‘nine lives’

21 March 2016 18:23

With George Osborne’s disastrous Budget the main topic of conversation today in the Chamber, Jeremy Corbyn surprised his colleagues by…

Watch: Dennis Skinner takes a pop at Nick Clegg – ‘what on earth was the Queen doing confiding in him?’

14 March 2016 17:05

Today’s Mail claims that Michael Gove is ‘clinging to office’ as a result of accusations that he was the source of…

Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet: runners and riders

14 August 2015 17:35

Who could Jeremy Corbyn invite into his shadow cabinet if elected Labour leader? Some frontbenchers are suggesting today that he…

PMQs: David Cameron gives the impression he isn’t sold on a third runway at Heathrow

1 July 2015 13:29

Harriet Harman began at PMQs by asking about the situation in Tunisia. The mood of the House was appropriately sombre…

Dennis Skinner: ‘Gordon Brown and I were the Northern Powerhouse’

30 June 2015 14:00

After Dennis Skinner successfully won the SNP turf war over his favoured seat in the Commons, the Labour backbencher has been…

Has Mhairi Black been trespassing in George Osborne’s office?

4 June 2015 13:37

Since the 56 SNP MPs entered Parliament, they have taken to ‘rebelling’ against the establishment in a number of ways. So…

The war of Skinner’s seat: SNP allow Dennis to stay

3 June 2015 11:54

The first PMQs of the new Parliament will kick off shortly and Commons watchers will be looking to see if…

Alex Salmond insists on Nats dining separately from hacks

28 May 2015 11:34

The Kennington Tandoori is a favourite late-night eatery for MPs of all persuasions. Last night was no exception, with Tom Watson…

Will Dennis Skinner take a pop at the SNP?

27 May 2015 11:13

He may be a national treasure, but it’s safe to say that Dennis Skinner’s annual crack during the Queen’s Speech…

Dennis Skinner wins Westminster turf war against the SNP

21 May 2015 19:00

Of all the MPs to pick a fight with, Dennis Skinner is not high on Mr S’s list. Still, that…