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Bercow: Noise in Parliament 'puts MPs off contributing'

The House of Commons Speaker has criticised the "histrionics and cacophony of noise" during Prime Minister's Questions, saying it puts MPs off contributing.

Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow
Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow calls for order during Prime Minister's Questions. Credit: PA

John Bercow, who is responsible for maintaining order in the Commons, said Parliament was "spray painting its own shop window" by appearing to generate higher decibel levels than Deep Purple.

He said that despite recognising that behaviour must improve, the party leaders had yet to make a specific commitment to help do so.

BBC Radio 4's PM programme said Mr Bercow told them that "seasoned parliamentarians" boycotted PMQs out of embarrassment and that some female MPs did not want to take part in the session.

Streep set for political return in first film in Parliament

Meryl Streep, who won an Oscar for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher, will be part of the first major film to be shot in Parliament.

Commercial film-makers have always been denied entry, forcing producers to build replicas of the home of British politics.

After her turn as Margaret Thatcher, Meryl Streep is expected to play feminist icon Emmeline Pankhurst in Suffragette. Credit: Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment

But MPs have allowed Suffragette, which follows the struggle for women to get the vote, to be shot in the historic chambers over the Easter recess in a bid to raise revenue.

Streep, who played Lady Thatcher in biopic The Iron Lady, will reportedly play another dominant figure in 20th Century politics, feminist trailblazer Emmeline Pankhurst.

The Houses of Parliament have never allowed commercial film-makers into the historic chambers before. Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

British stars Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Ben Whishaw also have leading roles.

Read: Streep features in historic Oscars selfie

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Norman Tebbit pays emotional tribute to Thatcher

Thatcher's former cabinet minister Norman Tebbit paid an emotional tribute to his old boss and friend in the House of Commons today.

He spoke movingly of the support she provided his family after he and his wife were injured in an IRA bomb attack at the Grand Hotel in Brighton. He praised her courage and popularity, and reflected on her demise, saying:

"I left her, I fear at the mercy of her friends, that I do regret."

Cameron: 'An extraordinary leader and woman'

David Cameron opened the tributes to Baroness Thatcher in the House of Commons.

The Prime Minister said she was an "extraordinary leader and extraordinary woman" who accomplished many great achievements that were viewed by most at the time as "inconceivable" for her gender.

In a glowing tribute lasting more than 11 minutes, Cameron praised to her political skill, her personal tenacity and the unique place she moulded for herself in history. He said:

"The say cometh the hour, cometh the man, will in 1979 came the hour and came the Lady, she made the political weather, she made history and let this be her epitaph: She made Britain great again. "

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