Prime minister Boris Johnson honoured the late Newport West MP Paul Flynn by rapping in Parliament this afternoon.
He quoted the novelty rap collective Goldie Lookin Chain, saying:
As an MP he was well respected, since 1987 when first elected;
Across the parties Paul was revered, and it’s just possible he was born with that beard;
Across the floor, far and wide, respected across the political divide;
Regardless of your own stance, left or right, raise a glass to Paul tonight.
The Newport-based group penned a song to commemorate Paul Flynn, who died aged 84 in February.
Mr Flynn represented Newport West for 32 years and the PM joined Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in opening the new parliamentary session by hailing the ‘much-loved and greatly missed’ MP.
Speaking in the Commons, Mr Johnson described him as a ‘proud and witty Welshman who earned this obituary from Goldie Lookin Chain, a South Wales rap ensemble straight out of Newport.’
He said: ‘I have no ideas as to the political preferences of the band members 2Hats or Eggsy but… I have no doubt the whole House will agree with their tribute to Paul Flynn.’
Big up to Paul https://t.co/qXWvm99PSm
— goldie lookin chain (@theGLC) October 14, 2019
Goldie Lookin Chain wrote on Twitter: ‘I love it when I actually get text messages from MPs to tell me what’s going on in Parliament.’
They then posted the full track, which includes the lines: ‘This is a shout-out to Paul Flynn – from all of Newport thanks for everything. I loved your face and what you represented; even your weed views were well documented.
‘You would always help whenever you could; now you’re gone I hope you get a knighthood.
‘Paul, you were the best; forever representing Newport West.’
You knows it.