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Fiona Bruce prompted laughter from the BBC Question Time audience with a brutal putdown to SNP chief Stephen Flynn.

The SNP Westminster leader took exception to Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar interrupting him when he was discussing a question on the UK housing crisis.

But the BBC host pointed out Mr Flynn had « interrupted everybody » with her comment leaving the audience in stitches.

The moment came as the show debated the cause and solution to the UK housing crisis.

Mr Flynn said: « So firstly Scotland’s story over the course of last 17 years when it comes to housebuilding is one of success when we look at per head of population. »

But Mr a cut in: « You just declared a housing emergency yesterday… »

The SNP politician replied: « Anas, would you allow me to finish? »

Broadcaster Iain Dale, who was also on the panel, then said: « Well it’s a fair point. »

Mr Flynn said: « Yes and I’ll come to explain why, I think I should be granted the opportunity to explain. »

Ms Bruce said: « Stephen in fairness you’ve interrupted everybody here! But ok, you go for it. »

Her comment sparked widespread laughter from the audience of the show broadcast live from Aberdeen.

Mr Flynn went on: « So per head of population Scotland’s built 40% more homes than England, we’ve built 70% more homes than in Wales.

« The reason we’re not able to continue with the levels of investment we would like is because there’s been a £1.6 billion cut to Scotland’s capital budget by the Westminster government and that is compounded by the fact that construction inflation is through the roof.

« So Scotland has an incredibly positive story in comparison to elsewhere on these isles, I would like that to continue. »

Ms Bruce said: « But it’s clearly got an emergency going on right now. »

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