Angela Eagle, Labour MP for Wallasey, made the protest to the Speaker, Betty Boothroyd, in a point of order. Sir Nicholas caused uproar last week by claiming in a Spectator article that women MPs 'lack fragrance on the whole, they're definitely not desert island material', although he excluded Miss Boothroyd.
Last night Miss Eagle asked the Speaker: 'Is it in order that someone who seems to reside in a permanent state of sartorial inelegance, and in fact is not my idea of a desert island dream boy, should be making such comments?'
Miss Boothroyd said: 'If you wish to take it further, perhaps you would write to me about it.'
Sir Nicholas was not present.