The maiden speech of Philip Davies MP, 2005 – possibly the only MP’s maiden speech to mention sausages?

The text of Philip Davies’s maiden speech is here. We particularly enjoyed this section:

Before entering Parliament, I worked for the supermarket chain Asda in customer service and marketing. It provided the best possible grounding for a politician because I met so many people from so many backgrounds. Whoever said “the customer is always right” never worked for Asda.

I encountered the customer who accused us of being racist towards Irish people, because we sold “thick Irish sausages”. Trying to persuade her that “thick” related to the sausages and not to the Irish was beyond me. Hon. Members should therefore understand why I will campaign hard against the blight of political correctness, which is doing so much damage to our country. [Hon. Members: “Hear, hear.”]

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