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PMQs descends into mayhem as Tory MP asks softball question to deputy prime minister

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PMQs descends into chaos as Tory MP attacks Labour with long-winded ‘garden tax’ question

Prime Minister’s Questions descended into chaos on Wednesday 24 April, as a Tory MP opened the session by attacking Labour with a long-winded question.

Jonathan Gullis stood to speak for 85 seconds, before asking deputy prime minister Oliver Dowden if it was “time for Stoke-on-Trent Labour to axe the garden tax”.

His softball question to Mr Dowden, who was standing in for Rishi Sunak, was met with loud jeers from the opposition.

After Commons speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle moved the session on, the deputy PM joked that “there was not much he could add” to Mr Gullis’s point.

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