It wouldn’t be the State Opening of Parliament without a Dennis Skinner heckle

The traditions of the State Opening of Parliament are something of a mystery to overseas observers, yet cherished by lovers of pomp and circumstance in the UK. There’s the arrival of the Queen’s ceremonial crown in a gold carriage, the slamming of the doors in the face of Black Rod, and the ritual mockery of the aforementioned Black Rod by the MP for Bolsover, Mr Dennis Skinner.

In the past, his heckles have included:

And here’s what he said today.

In case you missed that, it was:

“No. I’ll not be going.”

Some very much appreciated the light moment, although others have clearly had enough.








Sweary Bercow on Twitter had a rather more NSFW heckle.

Perhaps Dennis Skinner will use that one next time – in about two months.

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