A Labour MP, Dennis Skinner, has caused controversy in Parliament this afternoon after calling David Cameron ‘dodgy Dave’ as the Panama Papers debacle continues to cloud the Prime Minister.
The veteran MP from Labour was reprimanded by the speaker of the house John Bercow for not withdrawing the word used to describe the Prime Minister and was subsequently suspended from the house for the rest of the day.
Speaker orders Dennis Skinner from the chamber after ‘Dodgy Da…Speaker Bercow to Denns Skinner: “I think he knows the word beginning with ‘D’ and ending in ‘Y’ that he in inappropriately used.”It was the fifth time that Dennis Skinner has been “named” by the Speaker and suspended for the rest of the day.
Posted by BBC Daily Politics & Sunday Politics on Monday, 11 April 2016
The scandal which has engulfed number 10 this week included a scheme used by celebrities to keep their financial data private.
Cameron answered questions in Parliament this afternoon on the matter after questions were raised about his father Ian Cameron’s dealings featured on BBC Panorama, marking the release of the first batch of Panama leaks.
The disclosures of these documents hit hard because of his previous condemnation of tax avoidance schemes.
Cameron was the victim of a PR throughout last week when the answer to the question on which the Prime Minister benefits from the schemes his father was part of were left unclear.
His assertions that neither he nor his family could benefit from the scheme his father’s company, Blairmore Holdings, was signed up to was wiped away in an interview with the media. He and his wife sold shares worth more than £30,000 in Blairmore – which used bearer shares to protect investors’ privacy.
The Prime Minister rejected the assertion that it was being used to avoid tax.
Other famous faces that have been caught up in the scandal include Simon Cowell and Jackie Chan.
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