Former Labour leader Ed Miliband on Tuesday surprised even himself by siding with the Scottish National Party over the Government's proposed legislation nicknamed 'English Votes for English Laws' - or 'EVEL'.
The Doncaster MP decried the barring of Scottish MPs from being allowed to vote on policy areas only affecting English constituents as "an act of constitutional vandalism".
Miliband said he agreed with Gordon MP Alex Salmond, the former First Minister of Scotland, who is a strong opponent of EVEL.
"I find myself agreeing with the Honourable Member for Gordon," Miliband said.
"Now that doesn't happen very often."
In a blistering criticism of the government's proposals, Miliband went on to accuse House of Commons leader Chris Grayling of having drawn up legislation designed to put a stop to over 130 years of bickering on the issue "on the back of a fag packet".
Grayling retorted, asking why Miliband had not, when he was Labour party leader in the months leading up to the General Election, responded to an invitation for cross-party talks.
The Doncaster MP hit back, saying the Tories had used the debate an an election weapon in the months before May.
"It turns out it was quite an effective election weapon," he added.
Miliband's speech even won him over a few more fans, many congratulating the former Labour leader on his speech.
oooh Ed Miliband, there's a man who looks all the better for not having the weight of leadership on his shoulder #evel— Telly feet (@tellyfeet) July 7, 2015
Oohya! Ed Miliband is in a rage - finally showing some spirit in the #EVEL debate...better late than never!— Kirsty Boyle (@kirsty_boyle) July 7, 2015
He was even congratulated by veteran Conservative MP Sir Ed Leigh, who said it was a "great honour" to speak after Miliband, praising his "great passion".
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