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Watch: MP accused of calling Stockton North a ‘s***hole’

Alex Cunningham raised the issue of child poverty in his constituency at PMQs (Credit: Parliament TV)

When Labour MP Alex Cunningham asked Rishi Sunak why child poverty was at 34 per cent in his Stockton North constituency, he received an unexpected reply. During the exchange in the Commons, an MP was caught on microphone apparently suggesting the reason was that Stockton North is, er, a ‘shithole’.

The comment was picked up on parliament’s live video feed but mystery surrounds who made the remark. Foreign Secretary James Cleverly denied that he was to blame. Asked whether he made the comment, his spokesman said: ‘He did not, and would not. He’s disappointed they would accuse him of doing so.’ Other Tories are suggesting that the actual remark was ‘because it’s got a shit MP.’

So who is the mystery MP who made the remark? Have a listen for yourself below:

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