Tory MP sparks fury with throat punch tweet
Published 21/06/2014 | 02:30
A Conservative MP has provoked a storm of criticism with a tweet in which he discussed punching a female journalist in the throat.
Michael Fabricant, a former party whip, has apologised over the comment about the journalist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown. Mr Fabricant said he would never appear on a discussion programme with Ms Alibhai-Brown as he would "either end up with a brain haemorrhage or by punching her in the throat."
The MP for Litchfield received hundreds of messages criticising him for the remark.
Gloria De Piero, the shadow minister for women and equalities, said it was a "disgusting thing to say" and called on Mr Fabricant to make a personal apology to Ms Alibhai-Brown.
Mr Fabricant was sacked from his position as Conservative vice-chairman for making other inappropriate remarks on Twitter about the resignation of Maria Miller, the former culture secretary.
The MP, who was referring to a discussion about being British on 'Channel 4 News' between Ms Alibhai-Brown and another journalist, Rod Liddle, has since apologised. He also insisted he would never "seriously threaten someone with violence".
He later apologised directly to Ms Alibhai-Brown but insisted he found her "utterly infuriating".
Ms Alibhai-Brown, who was born in Uganda, rejected his apology as "useless" and said Conservatives like Mr Fabricant think "people like me should be ayahs [Indian maids] or selling you curry". She later called for Mr Fabricant to be kicked out of the Tory party.
She told BBC Radio 4's 'World At One': "I think they should withdraw the whip or get him to issue a proper statement.
"I don't know if you have seen these tweets but if a child did this we would never accept these apologies. He's not a child." (© Daily Telegraph, London)