Everyone was waiting for Dennis Skinner's Queen's Speech jibe and he delivered


Long-serving MP Dennis Skinner joined in the pomp and ceremony of the State Opening of Parliament by adding his now-expected jibe ahead of the Queen's Speech.

The Labour politician shouted "hands off the BBC" as Black Rod demanded the presence of MPs in the House of Lords.

His quip received cheers from some Opposition MPs.

The ceremony was broadcast live on the BBC, putting broadcaster Huw Edwards in a slightly tricky position - to put it mildly.

BBC broadcaster Huw Edwards
(Dominic Lipinski/PA)

"I probably shouldn't say anything, should I?" said the journalist.

Skinner had been expected to say something but it was not known which part of Government business would attract his dissent.

In 2014, the Beast of Bolsover shouted: "Coalition's last stand" as MPs were summoned to hear the Queen's Speech in the House of Lords.

But in 2015 he opted to stay silent in a break from State Opening tradition.