WATCH This MP just told Iain Duncan Smith someone thought his novel was 'bottom gravy'

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18th October 2017

MPs have enough of a job without being told their artistic works have been deemed "bottom gravy".

Iain Duncan Smith is a novellist and a politician
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So spare a thought for Iain Duncan Smith - the Tory former Work and Pensions Secretary - who heard just that in the House of Commons today.

His fictional opus, The Devil's Tune, about a struggling London art dealer, was apparently panned by online critics. 

During a debate about Universal Credit today, Labour MP Neil Coyle delivered the difficult news.

“He seems to be acknowledging that universal support hasn’t worked for everyone," Coyle began.

"So does he agree that Universal Credit has been almost as bad for some of the people affected as online reviews of his ‘The Devil's Tune' novel: Frighteningly bad, utter drivel, hilariously awful, and an outstanding compendium of bottom gravy."

Mr Duncan Smith shot back: "I thought that was a reference to his speaking ability in the House, to be quite frank."

Watch the exchange below.