Veteran Labour MP Dennis Skinner refused to attend the Queen’s Speech.

The Beast of Bolsover is known for his quips as MPs follow Black Rod to the House of Lords. 

Skinner appeared to mutter “I’m not going” after Black Rod requested MPs’ attendance.

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This prompted laughter from both sides of the House of Commons.

Mr Skinner is known for making quips during the State Opening of Parliament and it has become part of the pomp and circumstance of the event.

Many social media users watched the speech just to listen out for the traditional comment from Skinner with one tweeting that he is a 'national treasure'. 

He remained behind in the Commons chamber. 

With the focus on criminal justice measures during the Queen's Speech, the Queen said: “New sentencing laws will see that the most serious offenders spend longer in custody to reflect better the severity of their crimes.”

A Sentencing Bill will change the automatic release point from halfway to two thirds for adult offenders serving sentences of four years or more for serious violence or sexual offences.

Other measures include strengthening environmental protections, reforming adult social care and improving the NHS, and raising living standards through increasing the national living wage to £10.50 an hour.