Dennis Skinner
\'Beast of Bolsover\' is no stranger to being ordered out of the House of Commons for ill-discipline Getty

Westminster watchers have long known Dennis Skinner as the no-nonsense Labour MP who has made a name for himself thanks to his annual quip during the state opening of parliament. The ceremony is all pomp and circumstance until the black rod, who is sent from the House of Lords to fetch MPs for the Queen's speech, approaches the lower chamber's ceremonial mace.

At this moment the Bolsover MP intervenes. "Any Tory moles at the Palace," Skinner joked in 2008 after Conservative Damian Green MP was arrested. In 2006, the so called Beast of Bolsover used a recent film for inspiration: "Have you got Helen Mirren on standby?".

In short, the 84-year-old is no stranger to controversy and this appetite for parliamentary mischief saw Skinner ordered out of the House of Commons on 11 April.

The former miner branded the Prime Minister "dodgy Dave" after Cameron addressed MPs over the explosive Panama Papers leak. The Conservative leader had admitted just days before that he had sold a stake in his father's offshore fund, fund Blairmore Holding, in January 2010.

Speaker of the Commons John Bercow twice urged Skinner to withdraw the "unparliamentarily" remark, but the Labour veteran defiantly challenged Bercow to "do what you like". The Speaker was forced to name the MP, meaning Skinner was ordered to leave the parliamentary estate for the remainder of that day's sitting.

The left-winger may have lost the battle but, if Twitter trends are anything to go by, he won the war as #DodgyDave went viral. As Skinner left the chamber, a Conservative MP declared "he's used to this". In fact, the socialist firebrand has been ordered to leave the Commons numerous times over his parliamentary career.

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'Pompous sod'

Skinner's temper flared when he took on David Owen in 1984. The former foreign secretary was one of the 'Gang of Four' who broke away from Michael Foot's Labour Party in 1983 to found the left-of-centre Social Democratic Party. Skinner let it be known what he thought about Owen, calling him a "pompous sod". Then speaker George Thomas urged the Labour MP to withdraw the remark, but Skinner only redacted "pompous".

Cocaine slur

Former speaker Michael Martin ordered Skinner to leave the Commons in 2005 after he accused George Osborne, then shadow chancellor, of drug use. "The only thing growing then were the lines of coke in front of George and the rest of them," the Labour MP declared during a discussion on Margaret Thatcher's employment record in the 1980s.

'Little squirt'

Tory John Gummer, then agriculture minister, was a victim of one of Skinner's jibes in 1992. The Labour MP called him a "little squirt of a minister" and a "slimy wart" on Thatcher's nose. Betty Boothroyd was unimpressed and kicked Skinner out of the Commons.

'Crooked deal'

John Major's government was under fire from Skinner in 1995, when the Labour veteran accused ministers of making a "crooked deal" to sell off the UK's coal industry. Needless to say, Skinner was banned again.

Bias claims

Skinner was thrown out of the lower chamber in 2006 when he accused the then deputy speaker, Sir Alan Haselhurst, of bias towards Conservative MPs. The Labour veteran was disciplined for shouting "she was let off because she's a Tory" after Theresa May was criticised for claiming Tony Blair had "misled" the Commons over the NHS' performance.