Labour veteran Dennis Skinner has gone to town on Jeremy Hunt in Parliament by bellowing: “Wipe that smirk off your face!”.

The 84-year-old Beast of Bolsover prompted Tory cries of “shame” as he gave a pre-strike schooling to the Health Secretary, 49.

He spoke in the House of Commons as the minister refused to roll back from imposing his 7-day contract – hours before the first A&E walkout in NHS history.

Mr Skinner told MPs: “There’s a smirk and arrogance about him that almost betrays the fact he’s delighted in taking part in this activity.

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“He could start negotiations today – wipe that smirk off his face!

“Instead he comes into here to try and blame the opposition for what’s taking place.

“He’s almost giving the impression that he’s revelling in standing up to the junior doctors.”

The speech prompted shouts of “shame” from Tory benches and Mr Hunt said: “I’m afraid that was unworthy of his track record.”

It came just days after Mr Skinner, whose Commons outbursts are the stuff of legend, was banned from the chamber for a day for calling the Prime Minister ‘dodgy Dave’.

Labour branded Mr Hunt “pathetic” today as he begged junior doctors not to strike – but refused to accept a cross-party compromise.

Source: Dennis Skinner tells Jeremy Hunt to ‘wipe that smirk off his face’ in epic doctors’ strike clash – Mirror Online