Michael Fabricant
Michael Fabricant

Lichfield’s MP says he “always had doubts” about the choice of Kwasi Kwarteng as Chancellor.

Prime Minister Liz Truss made the decision to replace him with Jeremy Hunt yesterday (14th October).

It came after Mr Kwarteng’s mini-budget caused turmoil in the financial markets.

In a post on social media, Conservative MP Michael Fabricant said:

“I backed Liz Truss because she stayed loyal to Boris Johnson, didn’t stab him the in the back and because of her growth plan.

“I always had doubts about her choice of Kwasi Kwarteng to see these policies through and Number 10 knew this.

“But I strongly believe we should now all calm down.”

Michael Fabricant MP

Mr Fabricant’s comments came after some Tory MPs, including Andrew Bridgen, said they thought there would be a challenge to the Prime Minister’s leadership “in the next few weeks”.

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Chris.p
1 year ago

Hang on here, Truss and Kwarteng dreamt up these hairbrained ideas together. She stabbed him in the back and shoved him under a bus. There are no morals, ethics or long-term thinking in UK politics and the rest of the world is beginning to see that. From a world leader that others listened to we’ve become a laughingstock. Get on and do YOUR job properly and represent your constituents instead of constantly toadying up to the top brass and bigging yourself up on social media. Twitter is very apt!

Lichvegas
1 year ago

Once again our MP shows himself to be a fatuous, craven opportunist.

“And this is law, I will maintain
Unto my Dying Day, Sir.
That whatsoever King may reign,
I will be the Vicar of Bray, Sir!”

Dale
1 year ago

On the 1st October, Mr Fabricant said:

“Most people realise that the worldwide price of fuel and food is rocketing so I was pleased to support the mini budget announced by Kwasi Kwarteng last week which was, according to the Financial Times, the most generous of any nation putting in place subsidies to keep gas and electric costs down.

https://lichfieldlive.co.uk/2022/10/01/mp-says-protest-in-lichfield-was-understandable-given-inflation-and-energy-worries/

What has happened in the last two weeks, to realise he was wrong to support the plan?

It should also be remembered. This plan was called Trussonomics. Not Kwartengonomics.

Philip
1 year ago

My understanding is that 42.8% of our energy is from renewable sources. We also produce none renewable energy making our relience on foreign sources relatively small. It was said that renewable energy would be much cheaper than fossil fuel. Can anyone explain our present energy crisis?
The country needs continuity politics not the chop and change every general election or when there is a change of cabinet. There must be some fundamental issues on which there can be concensus.

Monica
1 year ago

Our Lichfield MP is the best and his critics should move back to Birmingham.

John Allen
1 year ago

Spot on Chris.p. Truss has thrown Kwarteng under a bus, sacrificing him to cling onto power herself. The most constructive thing that could happen would be a general election, but the Tories know they would get slaughtered if that happened. To see Fabricant putting him down after seeming to defend him leaves a bad taste in the mouth, but I guess he is just following his leader, something he blindly did throughout the reign of Boris the buffoon, no doubt hoping for his peerage. What a stupid unscrupulous shower they are

Clare Sholl
1 year ago

@Monica: As someone who comes from Burntwood (and I grew up here, unlike Mr Fabricant himself, who is not local), I would be very interested to see you back up your statement with some evidence. My own experience is that Mr Fabricant lies through his teeth (insisting, for example, that we would automatically remain in the EEA post Brexit and not lose our freedom of movement). Do you seriously think that a liar is the best we can hope for as our MP?

ProfessorPineapple
1 year ago

Monica- Tell us all of the wonderful things he has done. Just three would be a start.

Chris.p
1 year ago

I’ll stay put thank you Monica. What you say smacks of something quite sinister, just look what is happening in Europe at the moment where it has been “suggested” people move. Despite the events of the last few months, we still live in a democracy. Being able to voice one’s views about an elected representative, or government, without being encouraged to move by those that don’t agree, is part of that democracy.
Also, I find that most people who criticise our MP on this platform do so from a factual base.

Clare Sholl
1 year ago

Well said, Chris.p. Everyone living here should feel welcome, regardless of where they have come here from.

Carl Sholl
1 year ago

I’m sure Fabricant will discover that he had doubts about Truss once she’s gone. Whichever way the wind blows. Bit of a weather cock.

Dave
1 year ago

Lichfield has gone down the pan since the Brummies started converging on the city because they’ve made a mess of their own and don’t want to live there anymore. I’m with Monica – go back to Birmingham!

Alan Garbett
1 year ago

I have lived here for over 30 years now ( not ex brummie) and I despair that the people of Lichfield are so desperate to have a Tory MP that they keep voting for this idiot. I am so far away from being a Tory but surely there are better candidates than this joke of a politician the local party need to sort themselves out.

Mark Webster
1 year ago

If Fabricant had doubts about Kwarteng, why did he endorse his actions by riting in the Telegraph 28th September that “Kwasi Kwarteng’s mini-Budget was a step in the right direction”?

Eric
1 year ago

Oh please!!!!!!!!

Does this man have any integrity left? He flip flops over leaders, then flip flops over cabinet members.

For the record, MICHAEL FABRICANT SUPPORTED KWARTENG’S APPOINTMENT and his budget. For him to claim anything else just shows your level of contempt he has for the people of Lichfield.

This man will literally say anything to try and save himself.

Next week he’ll be saying how he always had reservations about Truss……

He’s unbelievable. Can we get rid of him now, please?

Eric (Tory voter)

Alan
1 year ago

Monica and Dave are entitled to express their opinions freely even if what they say has no tangible relevance to the topic under discussion. But they offer nothing to justify the gratuitous rudeness towards “Brummies.” Do they understand the phrase “put up or shut up?”

James Sharpe
1 year ago

Agree with Dave and Monica. The Brummy influx has had such a detrimental impact on this city, and the areas around it. Violence, crime of all sorts, the degradation of our green spaces… I fear for this once great city’s future, and that isn’t because of Michael Fabricant.

Clare Sholl
1 year ago

@Dave: Think you may be confused: Fabricant is from Brighton, not Birmingham.

Asellus aquaticus
1 year ago

So just to be clear from Monica and Dave’s comments, is it a requirement to be a born and bred local xenophobe to support Fabbo?

NMG
1 year ago

Dave and Monica: Why does it always leave such a nasty taste in my mouth when you post “If you disagree with me, you should move away”? Do you expect everyone in Lichfield to accept your views? What an unpleasant – and a boring – place you want to live in.

Michel Souris
1 year ago

Maybe Monica is Monica Fabrican’t and he is using yet another nom-de-plume.

I don’t think he could list three achievements but I will let him have the lifts at TV station which only took decades to materialise. Anyway, how is his campaign to rid local street furniture of adverts progressing? Important topic to consider when the country is convulsed by the Tory Party civil war and broke due to their policies since 2010.

Revs33
1 year ago

Another stunning political insight from the genius that is our local MP. Should we laugh or cry? Got to love the irony of “cancel culture” coming from his loyal little band of plucky Lichfieldians fighting bravely against the tide of the barbarian hoard of Brummies. Maybe it’s time to “build a wall” just like a certain Donald J Trump to keep us riff raff out? Should I be thrown back into the “badlands” after 16 years of being an enemy inflitrator?

ProfessorPineapple
1 year ago

Always someone else’s fault: it used to be the EU to blame, now it’s Birmingham. Who is next? North Lichfield versus South Lichfield?
The Brexit fever dream is over, time to rejoin as soon as possible.

Chris.p
1 year ago

I too am left with a bad taste in my mouth after reading the vitriol from the “send back the Brummies” brigade. Britain has thrived on the movement of people, the Industrial Revolution was driven by those who moved from the countryside to the developing cities, most have welcomed those from overseas who contribute o much to our lives. The “Your not from around here are you boy” attitude made famous in the cinema and dominant in the parts of the Soutern USA is still there in our society. Such a shame. By the way:-

-St Chad founder of Lichfield Cathedral was born and educated in Northumbria
-Erasmus Darwin was born in Newark
-Michael Fabricant was born in Brighton

Although from the short list above you can see that we don’t always get the best people……….LOL

Bozza Johnson
1 year ago

Oh dear , looks like Monica, Dave and James are all in the woke warriors bad books for expressing an opinion. It’s a free country or so we are told . Anyway Lichfield does seem to be getting more and more dodgy looking inhabitants lurching around the main areas. If these are Brummies or ex Brummies I don’t know.

John Robinson
1 year ago

Monica – I’m a critic of Fabricant but why should I go to Birmingham, delightful city as it is, as I’ve never lived there?
As for James Sharpe – on what evidence does he blame Brummies for all of the violence, crime and degradation of green species in Lichfield?
Both of you plus Dave might like to consider that it has been the Lichfield District Council (not Brummies), whose members were probably mostly born in Lichfield, that gave planning permission to build thousands of houses in Lichfield to attract Brummies and others to move to the city, encouraged, it must be said, by Conservative governments during the last dozen years, including the present one, supported by your very own Michael Fabricant.
Monica, James and Dave – you have an inalienable right to be obnoxious but do try to base your views on at least a little bit of fact.

RFW
1 year ago

Perhaps they will be manning the barricades at Shenstone Woodend armed with flaming torches and pitchforks to repel the unwanted interlopers. Heaven forbid a second front of Yam Yams should down the hill from Shire Oak and cross Barracks Lane at the same time.

Staffs Lass
1 year ago

I note Lightweight Minnows infiltrating the postings on here by way of a form of Personal attack on People who have come from another City.
Bit like my Dad is bigger than your Dad ..kids Playground talk.
Perhaps they have never travelled as far as their Corner Shop.
Time to venture out into the real World away from Chronic Ignorance.

King Charles IV
1 year ago

Not entirely sure I can agree with Alan, I’m afraid. Monica and Dave have the right to their opinions and free speech? The forcible removal of people, families who have made their home in this City, well, that sounds a bit Nazi to me. Nazis hate on the people I want to protect and live with in peace. Nazis want to kill people because they perceive them to be different. Nazis do not have equal status in these debates.
Grandad used to shoot Nazis. Got medals for it. Just saying.

RFW
1 year ago

Did Doug Pullen not come from Brum? I think he stood for the Conservatives over there? They still vote for him in droves despite being a stranger.

What about the Londoners in Lichfield should they back off, or something like that as well?

Steve
1 year ago

Completely agree Bozza Johnson. So many more dodgy people around Lichfield nowadays. And graffiti popping up everywhere too. I know Birmingham is famed for its ‘tagging’. Looks like it’s being imported here. Looks awful and brings the area down.

Dale
1 year ago

A resident has written to Fabricant about small advertising on railings. They will not be happy when they see the 2 metre banners over Trent Valley Road, that the council have approved.

https://lichfieldlive.co.uk/2022/10/15/plans-approved-for-advertising-banners-on-lampposts-in-lichfield/

Revs33
1 year ago

Not at all scientific but a number of years ago a car was broken into in our road. It turns out that the individual was a kindly gentleman thief from Lichfield and not a Brummie Peaky Blinders-style ruffian. He had quite a long list of criminal accomplishments all in Lichfield and local environs if I remember. I think some commentators here (who are entitled to their opinion of course) seem to think that its only “people who are not from around these parts” are responsible for all crime and anti-social behaviour. Hate to shatter their sheltered little lives but not all crime is imported into the area. Maybe it’s time to end free movement of people and build that wall? Maybe you could as suggested get the pitchforks and torches ready to build a barricade on the A38 and stop all trains at Blake Street to stop all those “Brummie” commuters with their cans of spray paint swigging cans of extra strong lager coming back to lower the tone in Lichfield tonight? You could always fortify the Cathedral Close if it gets too much, like they did in the Civil War, and barricade yourself in so you don’t have to mix with us Brummie criminal types.

belleview
1 year ago

@Professor Pineapple : We can’t not rejoin the EU it would go against the will of the People.

Stevo
1 year ago

@Revs33, you lefties love to ignore reality when it suits you. Did you read about the two teenage girls recently committing burglaries across Lichfield? Where were they from? You guessed it, Brum. Most crime in Lichfield is imported. Yes, they’ll be some home-grown, but the majority is coming in from the outside.

I’ve not seen anybody advocate the forcible removal of people here, again, another departure from reality for the lefties whose first port of call is to call anyone who disagrees with them racist/Nazis. Just a bit boring really.

Having been around Lichfield for a number of years, the deterioration in the last 5/10 years is plain to see. It’s no coincidence that this has coincided with mass house building, houses which aren’t lived in by locals, but mainly Brummies.

Philip
1 year ago

Birmingham prides itself (at council level) for its multi cultural status. In fact there are more than half none British cultures living there. Some areas have been taken over as mono culture enclaves. Small Heath and the Soho Road being just two such areas. Clearly the antagonism between some of these cultures extends beyond their original countries. To be positive, I would hope subsequent generations might improve this situation.
It is fair to assume that indigenous populations, who were not consulted regarding these changes, felt themselves displaced. Is it really surprising that they might themselves ‘migrate’ to places where they might feel more comfortable? The reality is that the population of Lichfield have no more control over this process than those of Birmingham had in the past.

ProfessorPineapple
1 year ago

Belleview – Do democracies not allow people to change their minds?

Kitty
1 year ago

My mom and dad moved to Lichfield in the 1960s. To a new build which was advertised in the Birmingham Evening Mail to Brummies hoping to move to the Midlands commuter belt. Pretty much everyone I went to school with here (KingEdwards) had parents born in Brum. What’s wrong with that?
Post war, the council actively built property here to house Brummies. What’s wrong with that?

I know the right wingers around these parts are sometimes xenophobic but seriously, I didn’t think that xenophobia started at the edge of Lichfield possibly at the junction with the Owl 🤦‍♀️

Clare Sholl
1 year ago

Some really vile comments on here targeting anyone from Birmingham. I wonder what Mr Fabricant’s good friend Andy Street would make of it; after all, he’s the mayor of the West Midlands. If I were Mr Fabricant, I’d be a bit worried about his self-proclaimed supporters calling on newcomers to “go back to Birmingham” and people claiming “The Brummy influx has had such a detrimental impact on this city … Violence, crime of all sorts …”

Any decent MP would be asking their ‘supporters’ to refrain from posting this kind of divisive abuse. People need to know these kinds of views do not represent Lichfield and do not reflect our relationship with Birmingham.

belleview
1 year ago

Professor Pineapple : There is no political appetite from the two major parties for us to rejoin the EU. Also would we get the same turn out in voters if we had another referendum. I would like to see a referendum on the BBC.

ProfessorPineapple
1 year ago

Belleview- When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do?

John Allen
1 year ago

Latest news – Fabricant has stated publicly that Liz Truss has his full support, but if she does have to go, Boris the buffoon would be the best person to take over. Unbelievable. You couldn’t make it up, could you?
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ProfessorPineapple
1 year ago

So, apart from Tax rises
Interest rate and mortgage rises
Inflation in food prices
Higher energy costs
Higher borrowing
Wage suppression
Bigger bankers bonuses
Ill-conceived investment zones
Cuts to benefits and services

What has Liz Truss ever done for us?

Apart from cutting £250 million from the Defra budget?

John Allen
1 year ago

I have never known a worse government than the one we have at the moment. A PM who has proved herself incompetent and clueless in record time. A home secretary who dreams of deporting immigrants to Rwanda, despite her own father being an immigrant from Kenya. A health secretary who has chosen the time when nurses are leaving the NHS in droves and are being balloted on strike action to pick a fight with them, not to mention admitting giving medication to friends, which has been roundly condemned by doctors as stupid, dangerous and illegal. The minister for the nineteenth century, Rees-Mogg, breaking election pledges to outlaw fracking, despite the dangers with it and the British Geological Survey judging that we have insufficient shale gas reserves to make it worthwhile. Every direction you look in at the people running this government you find corruption and incompetence. But never mind, according to Fabricant, we can bring back the criminal and serial liar Boris to sort it all out. I truly despair.

ProfessorPineapple
1 year ago

Even Fabricant is beginning to suspect that Agent Liz is doing her work for the LibDems very well. They couldn’t have hoped for such a success.