Veteran MP Dennis Skinner visits South Shields for documentary screening

Emma Lewell-Buck and Dennis Skinner
Emma Lewell-Buck and Dennis Skinner

The Beast of Bolsover has roared into South Shields.

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

Emma Lewell-Buck and Dennis Skinner on stage

Emma Lewell-Buck and Dennis Skinner on stage

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.

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.

Emma Lewell-Buck and Dennis Skinner

Emma Lewell-Buck and Dennis Skinner

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 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 addresses the audience, watched by Emma Lewell-Buck

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

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

"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: https://www.dennisskinnerfilm.co.uk/watch