An MP who questioned Sir Alan Duncan over UK policy toward Venezuela was told “he was not worth a penny, let alone a pound” as he spoke about “Poundland Lenins”.

The Foreign Office minister accused Labour MP Chris Williamson of speaking “unreconstructed ideological nonsense” and said he was a “throwback” in exchanges about the government of President Nicolás Maduro.

Mr Williamson told the Commons the Venezuelan economy had been “crippled by US sanctions”. He asked the minister

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