This brings us to Skinner or 'The Beast of Bolsover', as his comments did the rounds again by those disgruntled by Cameron’s comeback.
Before he lost his seat to Conservative candidate Mark Fletcher in 2019, the former coal miner attracted fame for heckling Black Rod during the Queen’s Speech, and spouting unparliamentary language in the Commons – one such instance concerning then Prime Minister David Cameron.
In April 2016, Skinner asked the PM: “Does the prime minister recall that at the time after he became prime minister under the coalition, and at the time he was dividing the nation between ‘strivers’ and ‘scroungers’, I asked him a very important question about the windfall he received when he wrote off the mortgage of the premises in Notting Hill?
“I said to him he didn’t write off the mortgage of the one the taxpayers were helping to pay for at Oxford. I didn’t receive a proper answer then, maybe dodgy Dave will answer it now.”
The chamber erupted into noise at the remarks, with John Bercow, then Speaker of the House of Commons, urging Skinner to withdraw the adjective.
“He’s perfectly capable of asking his question without using that word.
“It is up to him, but if he doesn’t wish to withdraw it, I can’t reasonably ask the prime minister to answer the question. All he has to do is withdraw that word and think of another…”
Skinner, being mischievous, replied: “Which word?”
With a smile, Bercow answered: “I think he knows the word beginning with D and ending with Y which he inappropriately used.”
Nodding, Skinner continued: “I know what you’re talking about. This man has done more to divide this nation than anybody else!
“He’s looked after his own pocket! I still refer to him as ‘dodgy Dave’.”
The first interaction has been shared on Twitter/X again this week:
Dennis Skinner being thrown out of the House of Commons after calling David Cameron \u2018Dodgy Dave\u2019 never gets old \ud83d\ude02\ud83d\udc47
"DODGY DAVE"\nDennis Skinner MP (Beast of Bolsover) called David Cameron "Dodgy Dave"\nHe was warned by the Speaker of House of Commons he'd be kicked out if he didn't withdraw the word "Dodgy"\n\nSo Skinner stood up and said this :....\n\ud83d\udc4d\ud83c\udffc\nWhat a fighter \ud83d\udc4d\ud83c\udffc\n#Reshuffle
7 years ago, Dennis Skinner was thrown out of the House of Commons for calling Cameron \u2018Dodgy Dave.\u2019 In hindsight, he should have been given a medal. Cameron netted a cool $10m from the Greensill scam before the company collapsed.
Dennis Skinner was thrown out of the House of Commons for calling Cameron \u2018Dodgy Dave.\u2019 \n\nToday, the unelected @David_Cameron has been appointed Foreign Secretary by the unelected @RishiSunak.
I had the strangest dream. I dreamt that Dodgy Dave was back in Government. It was very surreal.
The one & only Dennis Skinner \u2764\ufe0f\u270a\ud83c\udffb\nHe was right then & is right now!\n\n#DodgyDave #ToriesOut
I miss Dennis Skinner being in the House of Commons but as this \u201cdodgy Dave\u201d clip shows, he was just too good for it.
Cameron’s return to the cabinet this week has reignited discussion over the Greensill scandal, sparked in 2021 following a report in The Times that the former PM sent several text messages to then chancellor Rishi Sunak’s private phone lobbying for the bank Greensill Capital, which has since collapsed.