Paul Ray and Michael Fabricant

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A Liberal Democrat councillor has called on Lichfield’s MP to offer an “unreserved apology” to a Burntwood teenager he called “a complete twat” on Twitter. Michael Fabricant’s comments came following criticism from 19-year-old Darcy May over his representation of Burntwood. His comments have already drawn criticism from Labour councillors in Burntwood, and now Lib Dem councillor Paul Ray – who twice stood against Mr Fabricant at General Elections – said the Conservative MP needed to make amends.
Paul Ray
“I’m disgusted and saddened by Michael Fabricant’s behaviour here,” Cllr Ray said, “We all deserve to be treated with respect by each other. “I cannot think of a worse example of disrespect when a MP who is our elected representative acts in a way like this to one of his constituents. “I’m afraid that this is also not the only example of Michael Fabricant’s poor standard of behaviour to the residents of Lichfield and Burntwood. “Michael – you need to give an unreserved apology to Darcy – just do it – and modify your future behaviour.” Mr Fabricant has defended his comments on social media. He also told LichfieldLive that he did not neglect Burntwood and that Twitter was “not for those easily offended”.
Michael Fabricant
“Darcy is one of over a million people who interact with me each month on Twitter one way or another,” he said. “Often, especially at election time, Momentum trolls from Glasgow and elsewhere purport to comment on events in Lichfield and Burntwood while knowing nothing about the area and having no connection with the area either. “Darcy made no attempt to explain on her Twitter profile or in her message what age she is, or that she actually lives anywhere near Burntwood. “Instead she chose to reply to a post of mine which said that Labour had had disappointing election results with her rude response: ‘Not as disappointing as Burntwood since you neglected it. WEAK AND WOBBLY’. No indication of anything else. For all I know she is a Russian troll in St Petersburg – there are plenty of those. “I do not neglect Burntwood nor were there any elections in Burntwood so her tweet was not only unpleasant, but inaccurate too. “Twitter is not like Facebook. It is not for those who are easily offended – unless they deliberately choose to be offended for political gain. ‘Snowflakes’ they are called. Labour activists love playing that game. “Having said that, if Darcy really is a constituent and makes contact with me in the proper way through my Parliamentary website or by letter, I would be more than happy to meet her and talk about politics – though the running of Burntwood is of course a local government matter. I do that all the time.”

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