Michael Fabricant

Lichfield and Burntwood MP Michael Fabricant has told Prime Minister David Cameron he did not want to be considered for a government job.

The Prime Minister formed the first majority Conservative government since 1992 after their general election victory.

Michael Fabricant MP

Mr Fabricant, 64, explained that he felt a senior post would have hampered his ability to fight on local issues.

The MP said: “I told David and his senior officials that I did not want to be considered for a position.

“I want to be free to oppose the HS2 bill when it returns to the House of Commons for its final reading.

“I believe the next five years of government are going to be tough with our majority of just 12.

“As a former Conservative whip, I have told government chief whip Mark Harper that he’ll have to turn his charm meter up to maximum.”

Mr Fabricant also believes the priorities for the Conservatives are clear over the next five years.

He explained: “Scrapping the Human Rights Act and replacing it with a British Bill of Rights, a European referendum in 2017, ensuring no-one on minimum wage pays income tax and increasing the availability of free childcare are all important policies for us to deliver during the next parliament.”

Mr Fabricant was returned to the House of Commons with 55.4 per cent of the vote.

He increased his majority from the May 2010 general election by 500 after winning 28,389 votes.

And the former Conservative vice-chairman admits he was “flabbergasted” by the general election result.

Lichfield and Burntwood residents have been congratulating Mr Fabricant on his election triumph in a variety of ways, he revealed.

The Conservative politician said: “I’m flabbergasted to have increased my majority as a member of the government, especially with the opposition to HS2.

“I’ve had people hugging and kissing me on the street and even in the bank following the election!

“I would like to thank all of the people who voted for me, my election agent Jean Simpson and my team. I’ll continue to represent all of my constituents irrespective of whether they voted for me or not.

“A member of my team claimed that my majority would be cut to around 4,000, he sure got that one wrong.”

Lewis Deakin

NCTJ-trained reporter with experience in a wide variety of journalism settings.

9 replies on “Lichfield MP reveals he ruled himself out of government position”

  1. “I told David and his senior officials that I did not want to be considered for a cabinet position.”

    Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha…no, really…ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha.
    The Clown is back with a genuinely funny quip for a change.

    Well done, sir.
    Good gagging!

    Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha…seriously, I can’t stop chuckling. You’re killing me with this zany humour…ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!!!

  2. This has to be a wind up. He must have been saying this every year since 1992! Even when there were just a few Tory MPs in 1997 he was passed over for the shadow ministerial position he craved then.
    Still, hard to know why he’s not fought for health services in Burntwood or for parents concerned about the closure of our Sure Start or Youth Centres if he’s not been hampered by the burden of high office.

  3. Not brilliant to have a local MP with no ambition! He’s obviously far too busy to represent us at the highest level.
    How does he think he has our best interests at heart with his desire to scrap the Human Rights Act and threaten our economic recovery through an EU referendum?

  4. As long as he manages to stop HS2 then I’ll be happy. He would have to back it if he had a position

  5. Mr Fabricant flatters himself! As if Cameron would consider appointing that embarrassing buffoon!

  6. I once told Kelly Brook I did not want to be considered for the position of her boyfriend, she seemed to take it well.

  7. “As long as he manages to stop HS2 then I’ll be happy.”

    Nice to see Marion entering into the spirit there with another slice of whimsy.
    Do people honestly think The Clown will hold any sway over the Government when it comes to HS2? This is a multi-billion pound business decision that is far too important to this Government’s stated aims on boosting construction and infrastructure.
    There is a long-term economic programme that hinges on the likes of HS2, the fact it is going through large swathes of Tory heartland shows that its unlikely that the likes of The Clown will have any influence.
    It is all smoke and mirrors, of course. In the same way that Help to Buy is boosting housebuilding in the UK, HS2 and the like are seen of boosting construction.
    But its creating a false impression and – without wishing to add to the quippery – it is being built on solid foundations.

    Anyway, you gotta laugh.

  8. …ooops.
    That should read: “…it is not being built on solid foundations.”

    My fault, I’m still giggling about The Clown’s initial statement and it caused me to hit send too quickly.

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