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Dennis Skinner trends nationwide after shouting 'hands off the BBC in parliament' and singing to dementia patients

Dennis Skinner trends nationwide after visiting care homes to sing to dementia patients

Dennis Skinner is one of the few humans left in the House of Commons. He does things like talk in a regional accent, get chucked out of parliament for calling shit on Tory duplicitousness and, as has captured the nations heart today, tried to defend the BBC.

Skinner, 84, delivered his classic Queen's Speech chant today, shouting: "hands off the BBC!"

See that below:

Another reason that Skinner has been in the news today is because of the news that he sings to dementia patients in his spare time. Skinner used to sing Gracie Fields and Vera Lynn to his mother when she was diagnosed with dementia in the eighties and did the same for his sister when she was diagnosed. Now, he visits the Shirevale Resource Centre facility in Shirebrook, Derbyshire, and sings songs to elderly people with dementia, often leading group renditions of his mother’s favourite, “Getting to know you”.

“It does go back about 50 or 60 years which is important for classes like this to help with your memory and the rhythm of singing,” he said. “I discovered this when my mother had dementia, and the result was I became enamoured by this place here.”

He has been visiting other homes off and on for eight years, “when Parliament is not in session or when I’ve been kicked out”.

“If there is something, a little bit, that we can do to enhance their lives... I know that they had a happier time as a result of all of the singing and the use of brain co-ordination with their feet and hands and all the rest of it. I know that those two and a half hours helped those people, those 20 odd people in that room."

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