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Councillor Paul Ray criticises the behaviour of local MP Michael Fabricant

July 18, 2018 9:07 AM

From Lichfield Live

The MP for Lichfield and Burntwood should step down and let a decent person replace him, according to a Liberal Democrat councillor.

Conservative MP Michael Fabricant came under fire after he posted a message- which he later deleted - depicting the London Mayor's head on an inflatable pig engaged in a sex act with another inflatable pig in front of an image of Donald Trump.

He was then criticised after an image showing an apartheid-era flag was pictured in his office.

Cllr Paul Ray said Mr Fabricant had now crossed the line too many times.

"This is simply vile - and it's not the first, second or third time our MP has behaved in such a depraved way," Cllr Ray said.

"His behaviour is totally unacceptable and embarrassing for the area he represents. He just won't learn - and so the people of Lichfield and Burntwood will be teaching him and the Conservatives a lesson at the next election."

Cllr Ray has also criticised other local members of the Conservative party for not speaking out about Mr Fabricant's misdemeanours.

"I ask that the Chairman of the Lichfield Conservatives makes a public statement about what they are going to do about this continuing appalling behaviour from the individual they select to stand as MP for our area," he said.

"I am expecting a full response and action -otherwise it will just show that the Conservatives view this sort of behaviour as acceptable.

"I am asking for this not as someone from a different political party to Mr Fabricant, but as one of his constituents.

"He is an embarrassment to himself and also he is damaging the reputation of our city at a time when we are desperately trying to build that and attract more tourism."

It's not the first time the Conservative MP has faced criticism for his social media posts.

In May, he came under fire for branding a teenage Burntwood resident "a complete twat", later saying he had not realised the offensive nature of the term.

And in 2014 he apologised after suggesting he would end up punching a female journalist in the throat if he appeared on TV with her - a comment the Conservatives said was 'completely unacceptable'.

Cllr Ray added: "In May when he insulted a teenager I said that he had to modify his future behaviour. It seems that he just can't do that, so he should step down and then we can have an election to choose a responsible and decent MP for our area.

"I and the people of Lichfield and Burntwood just no longer want to be represented by someone like Michael Fabricant."

Mr Fabricant has said he did not realise the content of the tweet included an image of Sadiq Khan when he posted it.
"I did not see the detail on my small iPhone," the Conservative MP said. "I stupidly tweeted it in a meeting without checking it properly and hadn't spotted there was a face on it.

"I am genuinely sorry if it caused anyone offence and I am disappointed in the person who sent it to me in the first place."