Ilford North MP slams Tory politician for ‘racist’ Sadiq Khan tweet

PUBLISHED: 11:32 13 July 2018 | UPDATED: 11:47 13 July 2018

Ilford North MP Wes Streeting responds to MP Michael Fabricant's tweet. Photo: Hansard

Ilford North MP Wes Streeting responds to MP Michael Fabricant's tweet. Photo: Hansard


An Ilford MP has slammed a Tory politician for tweeting a ‘racist’ image depicting the Mayor of London engaging in sexual intercourse with a pig in response to protests against US President Donald Trump’s visit to the UK.

Ilford North MP Wes Streeting has today written to Conservative Party chairman Julian Smith demanding he take disciplinary action against Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant, who has since deleted the tweet posted last night, July 12.

He writes: “Failure to act in the case of Michael Fabricant MP will only serve to underline concerns expressed by a growing number of individuals and organisations that the Conservative Party has a problem with recognising and tackling Islamophobia within its ranks.”

The original image appears to be a response to the ‘Trump Baby’ balloon which is flying high above London today as thousands are expected to protest the President Trump’s UK visit.

Mr Fabricant has since claimed he posted the tweet accidentally in a response to tweets from Baroness Sayeeda Warsi accusing the Conservative Party of dragging its feet in dealing with Islamophobia in its ranks.

He tweeted: “I had been on tv saying that I thought the blimp was hypocritical and when someone sent me the pic on my iPhone I thought it was a flying pig humping the Trump blimp.

He added: “The picture is vile. As soon as I saw what it was, I deleted it. I’m liberal & not anybody -phobic.”

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