A Tory MP was too late deleting his vile attack on Sadiq Khan

Michael Fabricant

On 12 July, Conservative MP for Lichfield Michael Fabricant tweeted a shockingly racist image attacking London mayor Sadiq Khan. There are now calls for Fabricant to be suspended by the Conservative Party.

Unbelievable

Fabricant tweeted the following image before quickly deleting it:

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The image contains an inflatable pig seemingly having sex with an inflatable Sadiq Khan, and Donald Trump laughing in the foreground. Above is the tagline:

Breaking news: Trump defeats Sadiq Khan in Balloon Wars….

For those unsure of the image’s significance, journalist Owen Jones explained:

And Fabricant is now facing the mother of all social media backlashes:

The assistant secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain argued that this is not the first time Fabricant has crossed the line:

Respect?

A social media campaigner helpfully reminded everyone of the Conservative Party’s social media rules:

Fabricant’s tweet comes at a time when allegations of Islamophobia within the Conservative Party are rife. Writing in the Guardian, the party’s former co-chair Sayeeda Warsi argued:

Words without action are at best flannel and at worst represent simple contempt … There should be a forensic, wide-ranging and transparent inquiry into Islamophobia in the party. The process should be published, those who are found wanting should be publicly named and membership withdrawn.

And she cut an exasperated figure in the wake of Fabricant’s tweet:

Surely, this blatant Isalmophobia cannot be ignored:

Although some saw it as nothing new for the Conservative Party:

And others wondered what the outcry would be like if a Labour MP had tweeted something similar:

No excuse

Fabricant told Politics Home:

I did not even see there was a face on the pig. As soon as I saw there was, I deleted it. I did it within two minutes, but my fault was not checking it closer on my iPhone first.

Having been on TV criticising the blimp, I thought it was just a simple joke on that. I am not Islamaphobic [sic] and I liked Sadiq Khan when I knew him as an MP. Moral of the story, don’t examine a picture on a small screen.

This absolutely does not wash. A sitting MP cannot tweet something as abhorrently racist as this image and claim he didn’t realise what he was doing.

The Conservative Party must sack Fabricant and launch a full investigation into Islamophobia in the party. If it doesn’t, the whole party will be complicit.

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