Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

MP Michael Fabricant accused of racism after tweeting Sadiq Khan cartoon

Mr Fabricant said he "stupidly tweeted it in a meeting without checking it properly".

It comes after Mr Fabricant criticised the decision to fly a "Trump Baby blimp" above Parliament Square in protest at the U.S. president's visit to the UK.

Responding to the image, Khan told LBC: "I would expect that if a member of a mainstream party who is an MP to have tweeted what he tweeted, his party would take action against him".

'The picture is vile, ' Mr Fabricant later said.

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

Fabricant later said, 'I did not even see there was a face on the pig.

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In response, Labour MP Wes Streeting wrote to Conservative whips, saying "A$3 failure to act over 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 it's ranks".

'The question is how much damage we will do to our reputation in the meantime as we drag our feet'.

After coming under increasing pressure to take action on the toxic issue within the party, Lewis, the Tory chairman, vowed to "stamp out" Islamophobia. "He may be a useless Mayor, but he's a nice guy whom I worked with when he was in Parliament". 'MPs should know better'.

In a tweeted apology Fabricant said he "accidentally tweeted a vile picture" sent to him by someone he had trusted. It features US President Donald Trump laughing in the foreground with the accompanying words: "Well, what can I say?". They are from some of the countries where I had work visits 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". Tory members, the former chair of the party @SayeedaWarsi, and the @MuslimCouncil have all called for an inquiry into Islamaphobia (sic).

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