'Tell her to pay tax!': Some of Dennis Skinner's best quips during Queen's speech
14 October 2019, 16:22
The State Opening of Parliament is a key date in any political aficionados diary and comes with a variety of weird and wonderful traditions.
The day is the only time when the three parts which make up Parliament - the Crown, the Commons and the Lords - all come together.
Some traditions date back hundreds of years, such as the cellars of the Palace of Westminster being searched with lanterns for gunpowder following Guy Fawke's plot in November 1605.
In one of the more bizarre traditions, an MP is always taken hostage inside Buckingham Palace to ensure the Queen is returned from Parliament safely, again dating back to a time when Parliament and the monarch were on less cordial terms.
But one of the more modern traditions that has popped up is veteran Labour MP Dennis making an annual comment as Black Rod requests MPs join Peers in the Lord's chamber.
This year 87-year-old Mr Skinner - who has never entered the Lords to hear the Queen's speech - quipped: "I'll not be going."
As usual, his comment drew a number of laughs from MPs on both sides, before they followed Black Rod to hear the Queen lay out the government's plans for the new Parliamentary session.
We've collated some of his best heckles for your enjoyment.
"Ey up, here comes Puss in Boots!" - to Black Rod, Sir John Gingell
"Tell her to pay tax!" - in relation to calls at the time for the Queen to pay income tax
"New Labour, New Black Rod!" - in reference to Labour's election campaign slogan "New Labour, new Britain."
"Tell her to read the Guardian!" - in relation to a campaign being led by the Guardian newspaper to abolish the monarchy
"You're nowt but a midget!" - Mr Skinner said this to Black Road Sir Micheal Willocks
"Has she brought Camilla with her?" - Prince Charles had recently married the Duchess of Cornwall
"Have you got Helen Mirren on standby?" - Helen Mirren was starring in a film about the Queen's life
"Who shot the harriers?" - in reference to a recent incident at Sandringham, were two protected hen harriers had been shot. Prince Harry and one of his friends were questioned by police about what happened.
"Jubilee Year, double-dip recession, what a start!" - in one of his more controversial heckles, Mr Skinner referred to the Queen's jubilee year and the UK dealing with yet another recession
"Yeah, get your skates on, first race is half past two!" - a joke in reference to the Queen heading off to Royal Ascot later that day