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By Jonathan Isaby

An amusing slip of the tongue from Commons Speaker John Bercow yesterday.

During questions to Treasury Minister David Gauke about the errors made at HMRC on millions of people's tax bills, the Speaker decided to call the new Conservative MP for West Suffolk – except he mixed him up with the founder of the TaxPayers' Alliance:

"I call Matthew Elliott. I mean Matthew Hancock. Tax was on my mind."

The minister, David Gauke, responded thus:

"My blood ran slightly cold for a moment when I thought that the TaxPayers' Alliance had managed to get in here."

I daresay it would be no bad thing.

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