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Minister’s unfortunate Carrie slip

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It’s a quiet day in the Commons today as MPs mostly return to their constituencies for their weekly surgeries. But not all backbenchers have chosen to do so: Matt Vickers, the MP for Stockton South, is among those today debating plans to introduce fixed penalty notices for animal cruelty. 

New boy Vickers used the occasion to raise some eyebrows in the House, telling members to titters that ‘one of my best friends is a sassy little bitch called Karen.’

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