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A muttering idiot? "The muttering idiot opposite!" The House went up. And kept going up for what might have been a minute. A minute is a long time in the House of Commons. The Speaker was left standing, powerless to control the new Tories' angry euphoria.

The Prime Minister apologised for remarking that it was time for Labour MP Dennis Skinner to collect his pension

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why does he insist on being rude?

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