Is there a hierarchy in how you refer to a UK MP. If so could you use a lower ranked one as an insult?

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In the UK when MP's are debating in the commons, they often (because of archaic rules) refer to each other as "the right honourable member", "the leader if the opposition" or "the Secretary of state".
Also it is bad taste and often against the rules to insult someone in the commons (you cannot accuse someone directly of lying)

Is there a ranking for the various ways an MP could be referred to and should they always use the top ranked one? Would the use of a lower ranked one be seen as breach of the rule or even a slur/insult.

Boris Johnston is the "Prime Minister", "The leader of the Consevatives" and "The Member of Parliment for Uxbridge and South Ruislip". All factually correct but could you use a lower ranked one as an almost insult?

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