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David Cameron makes joke at MP Peter Bone's wife question

Peter Bone
Image caption Peter Bone often refers to his wife when asking questions in the House of Commons

Prime Minister David Cameron joked in Parliament that "a very big part of my life is trying to give pleasure" to the wife of Wellingborough MP Peter Bone.

The gag was made after Mr Bone asked if Mr Cameron would rule out contributing to any eurozone bailouts before 2013.

The Tory MP said his wife Jennie was interested in the issue - it is a running Commons joke that Mr Bone often asks questions on her behalf.

Mr Cameron added: "I feel on this occasion I can only go so far."

The year 2013 is when the European Financial Stability Mechanism (EFSM) is replaced, ruling the UK out of any further commitments to bail out failing eurozone countries.

Mrs Bone had been "singing the praises of the PM" over the UK refusing to contribute to the Greek bailout, the MP Wellingborough and Rushden told the Commons.

But she was also asking for an assurance that no other contributions would be necessary as this would "be really helpful for the Bone household", the MP said.

To howls of laughter, Mr Cameron replied: "I do feel now that a very big part of my life is trying to give pleasure to Mrs Bone.

"I feel on this occasion I can only go so far."

Speaker John Bercow interjected: "We note the admirable self-restraint of the prime minister."

Mr Bone has made a running joke of his wife's views, often claiming to ask questions at her behest.

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