The row that broke out between an ITV journalist and former Labour MP at midnight is still going [TWEETS]

Kerry-anne Mendoza

A bizarre Twitter row broke out overnight between a former MP and veteran ITV broadcaster Alastair Stewart. On the night of two crucial by-elections in Stoke and Copeland, the pair managed to get in a dust-up over foxes and chickens.

Foxes and chickens

It was a mixed night for Labour. The party suffered defeat to the Conservatives in Copeland, which counts as a historic win for the government. And conversely, Labour trounced UKIP leader Paul Nuttall in Stoke-On-Trent.

Just before midnight, Alastair Stewart shared with Twitter that he’d lost nine of his 11 chickens to a fox attack.

While words of support steamed in from all sources, former MP Chris Williamson decided to declare the event a teaching moment.

https://twitter.com/ChriswMP/status/834917587884654593

https://twitter.com/ChriswMP/status/834923952392781824

And it deteriorated from there.

Labour’s Anne McGuire attempted to intervene with some common sense, and immediately regretted it.

https://twitter.com/ChriswMP/status/834929692180365317

https://twitter.com/ChriswMP/status/834938484674658304

Others join the fray

As tends to happen on Twitter, rubber-necking bypassers decided they wanted a piece of the action too. Everyone appeared a little ‘tired and emotional’ after a late night of by-election coverage.

The spat was picked up by Guido Fawkes, which triggered another Twitter pile-on.

The argument drew in Twitter commentariat types like Dan Hodges and Owen Jones. And continued to pick up speed.

At time of writing, the ‘Foxes and Chickens’ row shows no signs of letting up, despite it having no bearing on anything. Which is a pretty apt metaphor for much of UK politics right now.

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