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Tory Brexit minister opens first speech from the despatch box with a penis joke

A Tory Brexit minister opened his first speech from the despatch box with a penis joke.

Chris Heaton-Harris failed to rise to the occasion with an off-colour gag about viagra.

Responding to a Tory MP’s claim during the Brexit debate that leaving the EU could spark a shortage of the erection medicine, Mr Heaton-Harris said: “I’m not sure that stands up at all.”

As MPs from across the house groaned, Mr Heaton-Harris said: “You know, we’ve had this debate so may times, you’ve got to find new ways to liven it up.”

He went on to ad lib: “Hard Brexit, soft Brexit, you know.”

It came just minutes before the Government was dealt a stiff defeat.

Tumescent splits in the Tory ranks were laid bare as a motion that would have sent Mrs May back to Brussels with a mandate to renegotiate were defeated by 45 votes.

Rebels led by Jacob Rees-Mogg abstained on tonight’s motion, because they said it effectively endorsed a promise to "reject" no-deal Brexit.

Mr Heaton-Harris was made Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union in June 2018.

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