MP apologises after saying he would punch woman in the throat

The MP for Lichfield and Burntwood has apologised for suggesting he would end up punching a woman in the throat if he appeared on TV alongside her.

Michael Fabricant

Michael Fabricant

Michael Fabricant tweeted his comments about journalist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown.

However, he was criticised from a number of quarters afterwards.

Chris Worsey, who will stand as the Labour candidate for the Lichfield consituency against Mr Fabricant at the next General election, said the MP needed to re-evaluate the way he communicates.

“I condemn his comments,” he said. “The people of Lichfield deserve better from their MP.

“We want our area in the headlines for the right reasons, not for things like this.

“Maybe Mr Fabricant should spend less time on twitter and a bit more time standing up for local people.”

Mr Fabricant has since clarified his comments which came after a debate on Channel 4.

He wrote: “It appears that some people who don’t know me think I actually go round punching in the throat. Not true.

“If anyone believes I would seriously threaten someone with violence, I of course withdraw and apologise.

“So just for the avoidance of any doubt, I am very sorry for the tweet. It was wrong to joke about punching.”

He also said he was “sorry” to Yasmin Alibhai-Brown – but added that she was “utterly infuriating”.

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17 Comments

  1. A Cynical Parody

    20th June, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Oh, do come on.
    Can no-one take a joke these days?

    Yes, unfortunately we have to take this joke and his frankly bizarre self-publicity every day.
    He’s been the elected member of this constituency for too long and the biggest joke is he enjoys such a big majority he’ll get re-elected once again.

  2. Rob

    20th June, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    He didn’t say “he would punch woman in the throat” he said he’d avoid debates with her because she’s so infuriating that it would make him want to (and I’m sure he’s not the only one, she’s like a stuck record).
    Maybe a bit of journalism would be useful here, you know, words and stuff?

  3. Rob

    20th June, 2014 at 11:53 pm

    Chris Worsey:
    “We want our area in the headlines for the right reasons, not for things like this.”
    Said the Sandwell councillor from Great Wyrley.

  4. coolcookingteacher

    21st June, 2014 at 11:01 am

    So advocating violence against women is ok, as long as you don’t do anything about it??

  5. Asellus aquaticus

    21st June, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Rob said “He didn’t say “he would punch woman in the throat” he said he’d avoid debates with her because she’s so infuriating that it would make him want to (and I’m sure he’s not the only one, she’s like a stuck record).
    Maybe a bit of journalism would be useful here, you know, words and stuff?

    However, the tweet said: “I could never appear on a discussion prog with @y_alibhai I would either end up with a brain haemorrhage or by punching her in the throat.”

    So who’s doing the paraphrasing here? By all means have a go a the journos if they make stuff up, but don’t do it on the basis of stuff you’ve made up yourself, Rob.

  6. Rob

    21st June, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    He’s not advocating violence, he’s taking measures to avoid it.
    Is it special if it’s against women for some reason, what happened to equality and the sistahood?
    http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-London/2014/06/20/yasmin-alibhai-browns-awkward-anti-white-racism
    I suppose I’ve made this up as well.

  7. johnthemon

    21st June, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    “I would either end up with a brain haemorrhage or by punching her in the throat.”

    One thing, Mr Fabricant knows his capabilities. Now this man has the right as an MP, to vote on decisions on our behalf, this is what you have voted for, can’t blame Mr Fabricant, clearly he doesn’t know any better.

  8. Si

    21st June, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Are people really debating this? How refreshing to hear a politician say what he thinks rather than what he thinks he should say. It was a flippant remark, end of!

  9. Mike

    21st June, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    “Chris Worsey:
    “We want our area in the headlines for the right reasons, not for things like this.”
    Said the Sandwell councillor from Great Wyrley.”

    Rob, Fabricant was born in Brighton, contested South Shields in 1987, before winning Mid Staffs in 92, which is some distance from both South Shields and Brighton. Some might say he was parachuted in.

    Enough said.

  10. Rob

    22nd June, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    Mike: maybe he was “parachuted in”.
    Could be why he didn’t start talking about Lichfield as “our” area.

  11. johnthemon

    22nd June, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    “maybe he was “parachuted in”.”

    And maybe he didn’t land on his feet, and maybe this is why he is prone to having a brain haemorrhage.

  12. Rob

    23rd June, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    If Fabricant continues to upset and annoy people, how long will it be before he is referred to as Burntwood MP Michael Fabricant rather than Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant?

  13. johnthemon

    23rd June, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    He is already considered as being dead wood, so he hasn’t far to go.

  14. Joe atherstone

    23rd June, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    I think Wiggy was spot on, she’s not a nice person and is in my opinion racist. Positive racism always gets ignored in this country for some reason and the person pointing it out usually gets banned to bully them for speaking out. Positive sexism is the same. Complain and get banned.

  15. Andy

    23rd June, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    Haha funny dig considering he doesn’t seem to realise that Burntwood is in his constituency.

  16. Joe atherstone

    24th June, 2014 at 12:52 am

    See what i mean, if that red marker could have banned me they would have. Bullies.
    I think he’s a great mp, very opinionated. Send him to us, we’ll swap.

  17. Joe atherstone

    24th June, 2014 at 10:16 am

    I take it that means you object to us swapping and you all like him so much that you want to keep him.
    Best bit of this story is the newspapers putting his hair on various people. Cameron Boris Clegg. Non looked as good as wiggy himself though. No one could wear hair like that as good as Mr Fabricant. He does look angry in that photo, he needs to calm down.