Lichfield’s MP has been criticised by a Labour councillor for an “offensive” social media post referencing the D-Day anniversary.
Conservatives in Westminster are voting to decide whether to keep Boris Johnson as leader tonight (6th June).
Michael Fabricant had earlier shared a post about the anniversary of the D-Day landings in the Second World War by adding “June 6th The Longest Day 1944; and 2022 (in a different way)”.
But Cllr Dave Robertson, Labour representative for Curborough ward at Lichfield District Council said the post was “in grossly poor taste”.
“This latest comment about the fallout from Partygate really is the most offensive yet.
“The Conservative party vote tonight is an important issue and one he should be taking more seriously, but it cannot be compared to the sacrifice of thousands of servicemen on D-Day.
“Anyone who is serious about remembering and honouring the fallen should know better than cheapening their memory to make a political point.
“Mr Fabricant’s tweet is in grossly poor taste and it should be deleted.”Cllr Dave Robertson, Lichfield District Council
But Mr Fabricant said:
“I was merely saying it’s a long day for Boris as it famously was in 1944 for those soldiers – it was known as ‘The Longest Day’.
“As I said in my tweet, that was in very different circumstances. There was obviously no loss of life involved.
“But it’s a little bit desperate of Dave to waste time on all that.”Michael Fabricant
The vote tonight will require 180 Conservative MPs to vote against Mr Johnson to see him removed as Prime Minister.
Mr Fabricant has already stated his intention to back the Prime Minister in the wake of Partygate.