By Will Heaven October 16th, 2013
‘When I interviewed the Bolsover MP for Sky News later, he wiped tears from his left eye as he told the harrowing story of his constituent’s crippling illnesses, which eventually cost him his life last week.’
Click here to watch: Interview with Dennis Skinner
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Dennis Skinner, the Beast of Bolsover, was once haughtily dismissed by David Cameron as a “dinosaur” (the PM later apologised). Other MPs – particularly on the Tory backbenches – view him as little more than a pantomime Left-winger and a Scargillite relic.
But watch the video above, in which Mr Skinner tears into Atos (the French company that carries out work-capability tests on welfare claimants) over a particularly tragic case from his constituency.
Is that not, as James Kirkup says, a piece of first-class parliamentary oratory from the 81-year-old MP?
What a shame we don’t hear more of it in Parliament: there’s no better cure for political apathy.