Sunday, 22 July, 2018

MP Michael Fabricant apologises after sharing 'racist' Sadiq Khan tweet

T150911Z_1_LYNXMPEE5P1IA_RTROPTP_3_USA-TRUMP-BLIMP MP Michael Fabricant apologises after sharing 'racist' Sadiq Khan tweet
Steven Clarke | 13 July, 2018, 22:28

Khan, the mayor of London, called on the Tories to take action against the backbencher, and the Labour MP Wes Streeting said he had written to the Conservative chief whip, Julian Smith, asking what would be done.

Tory MP Michael Fabricant has been accused of racism after tweeting a photoshopped image of a pig balloon having sex with Sadiq Khan.

The US president is visiting Britain this week, and has is being met with widespread protests - including a giant protest balloon near Parliament depicting him as an orange baby clutching a smartphone.

Fabricant said he found it "particularly galling as I am a socially liberal Conservative". "Because I was distracted in a meeting and saw it on a small iPhone, I didn't spot what it really was", he said.

The image depicts a balloon version of Sadiq Khan having sex with a balloon pig over the Houses of Parliament while Donald Trump laughs.

"When I saw the picture, I thought it was just a amusing cartoon of a flying pig doing something to the baby Trump blimp".

"I am genuinely sorry if it caused anyone offence". 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'.

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Labour MPs are now calling for Fabricant's suspension from the Conservative Party.

'There will be an inquiry - it's only a question of time, ' she said.

Owen Jones, the left-wing journalist and campaigner, added: "Absolutely vile racism from this Tory MP and if the Tories are even going to pretend they take racism seriously, they must suspend him immediately".

'I'm sick of the Mayor's religion being used as a punchline and punchbag by racists and bigots, ' he said.

He added: "They are just flags from some of the countries where my company had clients back in the 1980s".

"Yesterday, Michael Fabricant was called out for tweeting a deeply offensive image about Sadiq Khan, and today he's been caught with the flag of Apartheid South Africa on his mantelpiece".

Metro.co.uk has contacted the Tory party for comment.

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