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Queen's speech: Dennis Skinner's greatest hits, 2014 edition

"Coalition's last stand", Dennis Skinner asserted this morning, causing uproarious laughter in the Commons. Here's a collection of his most memorable Queen's speech interjections over the years.

Dennis Skinner. Photo: YouTube
Dennis Skinner tearing down the House of Commons. Photo: YouTube

The "Beast of Bolsover" and veteran of the Labour benches Dennis Skinner's jokes during the State Opening of Parliament have become a tradition as entrenched as Black Rod's knocking (albeit louder and more raucous).

Today, he particularly tickled the House of Commons by declaring "Coalition's last stand", following Black Rod summoning MPs to hear the Queen in the House of Lords.

If you want to watch a medley of his interjections, click here. And here's a rundown of some of his greatest heckles over the years:


"Royal Mail for sale. Queen's head privatised."


"Jubilee year, double dip recession, what a start," shouted Skinner, prompting cries of "shame!" from Tory MPs. 


As Black Rod arrived in the Commons, Skinner joked: "Royal expenses are on the way."

Skinner quipped: "Any Tory moles at the palace?", a reference to the recent arrest of the Tory MP Damian Green in connection with Home Office leaks.


After two protected hen harriers were shot dead on the royal family's Sandringham estate, Skinner remarked: "Who shot the harriers?" Prince Harry was questioned by the police but no charges were brought.


In reference to the new film The Queen, Skinner asked Black Rod: "Have you got Helen Mirren on standby?"


Following a series of break-ins at Buckingham Palace, Skinner asked: "Did she lock the door behind her?"


Skinner shouted, "Tell her to read the Guardian" after the newspaper launched a new campaign calling for Britain to become a republic.


Skinner cried: "New Labour, New Black Rod", an adaptation of the campaign slogan "New Labour, New Britain".


As pressure grew on the Queen to pay tax on her personal income, Skinner ordered Black Rod: "Tell her to pay her taxes."


Skinner quipped: "It tolls for thee, Maggie", a reference to Margaret Thatcher's imminent resignation as prime minister.

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