Beast of Bolsover Dennis Skinner told to ‘shut up’ more than any other politician in Parliament

Dennis Skinner.
Dennis Skinner.

Firebrand Labour MP Dennis Skinner has been told to “shut up” in Parliament more than any other politician in the past 200 years, new figures reveal.

The 83-year-old former miner – who has represented Bolsover since 1970 – has been subject to the put down 40 times since he was elected to Parliament 45 years ago.

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The information was uncovered by linguists and historians from the University of Glasgow who have trawled through Hansard records of parliamentary debates from 1803 to 2005.

Dr Marc Alexander, director of Historical Thesaurus of English at the University of Glasgow, said: “The term ‘shut up’ is so un-parliamentary that it is used very rarely. It is only used 3,600 times in the past 200 years.

“It is not the way you are supposed to speak in Parliament, although it seems to have started to become more acceptable in the past 30 years.”