Philip Davies kept his seat, teaching us all a lesson in not counting chickens before they hatch
The Conservative was not ousted from his Shipley constituency.
Conservative MP Philip Davies has retained his Shipley seat, despite online rumours to the contrary leading to a minor Twitterstorm.
Celebrities, politicians and members of the public took to Twitter to share their glee at the apparent news that the Tory MP would not be returning to Parliament.
Apparently Philip Davies is in trouble in Shipley? Couldn't happen to a nicer bloke! Women and (everyone who isn't a sexist bigot) rejoice— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) June 9, 2017
I've woken up at 2am to the glorious news that Philip Davies has lost his seat. pic.twitter.com/t4Ki3SuXBH— Tasha Hegarty (@WordsofTasha) June 9, 2017
The "men's rights activist" Philip Davies losing to Labour has to be the highlight of the night so far.— GuyAitchison (@GuyAitchison) June 9, 2017
Even his Wikipedia page was updated to read: Former member of parliament. Oops.
Unfortunately for these tweeters, wishing something was true doesn’t make it so. The confirmation that Davies had been re-elected with a 4,000-vote majority didn’t go down so well.
RIGHT WHO TOLD US THE WRONG PHILIP DAVIES RESULT— Evangeline. (@EvieSpachis) June 9, 2017
Arg I feel angry with myself letting myself believe tweets about Philip Davies. He's on my Arya Stark list. #GE2017— Jez Kemp (@jezkemp) June 9, 2017
One journalist even apologised for his role in the misinformation.
Apologies. Was erroneously told by Labour that Philip Davies had lost in Shipley. Have deleted original tweet.— Kevin Schofield (@PolhomeEditor) June 9, 2017
Philip Davies right now as, contrary to earlier reports, he is re-elected with a majority of more than 4,000... pic.twitter.com/SVEbc3wBGE— Richard Wheeler (@richard_kaputt) June 9, 2017
Davies has become known for using the parliamentary tool of the filibuster – where someone speaks continually for a long period so a debate runs out of time for a vote – to attempt to halt legislation he disagrees with.
He used this tactic to try to disrupt the vote on the Istanbul Convention, a bill designed to prevent violence against women, saying its focus on women and girls was “discriminatory” against men. Regardless, the bill passed 138 votes to one.
Davies also told a men’s rights conference that “feminist zealots really do want women to have their cake and eat it”, adding: “They fight for their version of equality on all the things that suit women – but are very quick to point out that women need special protections and treatment on other things.”