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Lichfield MP in the stocks after sparking war of words with neighbouring Tamworth

Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant has been put in the stocks as punishment for sparking a war of words with Tamworth.

Michael Fabricant in the stocks and with Tamworth Borough Council's mayor Cllr John Chesworth and leader Cllr Daniel Cook

Michael Fabricant in the stocks and with Tamworth Borough Council’s mayor Cllr John Chesworth and leader Cllr Daniel Cook

The row began when the Conservative MP made a radio appearance and compared his own constituency with the neighbouring area.

He said: “We have got lovely little shops, we have got a beautiful cathedral. I don’t want to upset everybody in Tamworth, but, you know, apart from the SnowDome and the John Lewis why would you go to Tamworth?”

His comments led to a rebuke by Tamworth Borough Council’s leader Daniel Cook, who said “many residents” had contacted him to complain.

“This has led to quite a lot of comments and anger amongst Tamworth residents who are rightly proud of their community and historic borough,” Cllr Cook said in an official letter to Mr Fabricant.

“It comes at a time when a lot of Tamworth residents are deeply worried about Lichfield’s opinion of Tamworth, certainly around house building on our borders.

“Yes, comments have come out of Tamworth, from both residents and councillors in a negative way towards Lichfield District Council, but never the place of Lichfield and certainly not the people.”

But it was Tamworth that had the last laugh as they put Mr Fabricant in the stocks for his ‘crime’.

“Honour was done for my teasing of Tamworth on national radio,” the Conservative MP said. “Afterwards I was given a wonderful tour of Tamworth Castle – well worth a visit – the Town Hall from where Robert Peel gave his Tamworth Manifesto, and the St Editha Church.”

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  1. wilf

    4th December, 2017 at 11:29 am

    Judging by the list on social media recently, some of Fabby’s Conservative colleagues would pay good money for this sort of treatment…

  2. Toast

    4th December, 2017 at 11:39 am

    He’s absolutely loving all of this attention isn’t he?

  3. Strumpet

    4th December, 2017 at 11:49 am

    So, he jumped on the no-news bandwagon ( small ice rink in Lich shock) , has to go on the radio to blather about it, then pisses off Lichers by saying we live in Tweedum and Tamworth is shit. Then goes into the stocks like a fuckin pantomime halfwit to say sorry. Talk about fiddling whilst Rome burns. Get this overpaid idiot out!

  4. Nellygb

    4th December, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    The number of families being declared homeless has rocketed by more a third since the Conservatives took power in 2010.

    Between April 2016 and March 2017, 59,100 families were declared homeless by local authorities in England – a rise of 34 per cent on the same period in 2010-11.

    Don’t suppose he’d like to say sorry for the misery his party has caused over the last 6 years, would he.
    FFS stop clowning around and actually do something news worthy you muppet.