‘I meant twit!’ Tory MP Michael Fabricant defends calling teenage girl, 19, ‘a complete tw*t’ on Twitter
- MP Michael Fabricant has defended himself after he branded someone a ‘t***’
- He said that he didn’t realise what the word meant and thought of it as like ‘twit’
- The MP has refused to apologise for the remark despite coming under criticism
A Tory MP has defended himself after he called someone ‘a complete tw*t’ on Twitter.
Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant wrote that he meant to use the word ‘twit’ in an exchange over this week’s local elections, before claiming he had no idea what the more offensive word means.
The controversy began on Friday when Twitter user Darcy Norgate, a local 19-year-old student, challenged Mr Fabricant over Burntwood, a town in his constituency, saying it had been neglected before calling the MP ‘weak and wobbly’.
Tory MP Michael Fabricant (pictured) has defended calling someone ‘a complete t***’ on Twitter
Mr Fabricant wrote back: ‘Says a complete tw*t who seems unaware that there is no vote this year in Burntwood. And I neglect no part of my lovely constituency. That’s why I’m loved.’
The Tory MP has now defended the move.
The MP made the comment in response to local 19-year-old student Darcy Norgate (pictured)
He wrote a post saying ‘snowflake alert’, adding: ‘Rude twitter person who could be from anywhere (St Petersburg or Glasgow) makes rude comment then ‘surprised’ to be called a tw*t. Oh, come on.’
Mr Fabricant then posted a statement saying ‘Momentum trolls’ often commented on events in Lichfield and that the Twitter account listed no details about her age or where she lives.
He added: ‘Twitter is not like Facebook. It is not for those who are easily offended – unless they deliberately choose to be offended for political gain. ‘Snowflakes’ they are called. Labour activists love playing that game.’
Mr Fabricant then wrote that he did not have a clue what the word means, adding: ‘I think of it as twit.
‘For ‘tw*t’ substitute ‘twit’ – which is what I meant.
‘But the rest is, of course, true. Revealing how #OldLabour trolls have jumped on that bandwagon.
‘If you are constituent making a serious point, you will always be treated seriously. But not if twitter location says ”Wonderland”.’
Ms Norgate has called for an apology.
Michael Fabricant, the MP for Lichfield, called a teenage girl a tw*t, after she criticised him on Twitter
However, he refused to apologise for his comment, claiming that he meant to use the word ‘twit’
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