AN MP sparked outrage after posting a tweet saying he could punch a journalist ‘in the throat’.
Controversial politician Michael Fabricant, whose constituency includes Barton under Needwood and Alrewas, was forced to issue a grovelling apology after misjudging the reaction his comments, which he insisted were posted in jest, would cause.
The outspoken Tory tweeted the remark about newspaper columnist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown after being angered by her views during an appearance on Channel 4 News.
He tweeted: “I could never appear on a discussion prog with (Ms Alibhai-Brown). I would either end up with a brain haemorrhage or by punching her in the throat.”
He was immediately bombarded with responses deploring his comments, while the reporter said she was shocked by the post and called for Mr Fabricant to be expelled from the Conservative Party.
She said: “The Tories can’t bear people like me. They cannot accept we are confident.”
Mr Fabricant later apologised, saying that it was ‘wrong to joke about punching’.
Number 10 was also forced to wade into the row, with Prime Minister David Cameron’s official spokesman labelling the comments ‘completely unacceptable and in poor taste’, adding that there was ‘never any excuse for suggesting violence’.
It is not the first time Mr Fabricant has caused a headache for the Government.
His criticism of the Conservatives over HS2 and the handling of the expenses row surrounding former Culture Secretary Maria Miller led to him being removed from the position of vice-chairman of the party in April.