Veteran MP Dennis Skinner visits South Shields for documentary screening

The Beast of Bolsover has roared into South Shields.

Monday, 17th September 2018, 3:34 pm
Updated Monday, 17th September 2018, 3:37 pm
Emma Lewell-Buck and Dennis Skinner

MP Dennis Skinner visited the town for a screening of a new documentary about his political career.

South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck hosted the event at the Customs House last night and Mr Skinner took part in a question and answer session after the showing.

Emma Lewell-Buck and Dennis Skinner on stage

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The former miner, known for his left wing views, his acerbic wit and firebrand passion has been the MP for Bolsover since 1970.

Yesterday's event was so popular that two screenings had to be arranged.

The documentary was produced through a crowdfunding venture and focused on MP's lengthy career, with highlights including his support for the miners during the strike and his pivotal role in preventing Enoch Powell’s plans to make stem cell research illegal.

Following the screenings, the 86-year-old stood for around an hour taking questions from the audience ranging from advice for councillors to his support for nuclear veterans.

Emma Lewell-Buck and Dennis Skinner

Emma Lewell-Buck said "I am absolutely delighted that Dennis made the 300-mile round trip to South Shields.

"Dennis is nothing short of a legend politically and is respected on both sides of the House. I am proud to call him a colleague but also a friend.

"Dennis told me this was his first ever visit to South Shields. I am honoured that he did so to show his supportand I shall be eternally grateful for his kind words."

Dennis Skinner added : "I want to thank Emma for inviting me to South Shields.

Dennis Skinner addresses the audience, watched by Emma Lewell-Buck

"Emma is a breath of fresh air in Parliament and I am pleased she is on the Shadow Front Bench.

"I enjoyed talking to everyone and I hope they found the documentary interesting."

The documentary is available on DVD and can be brought direct via the following link: