Tory MP Ben Bradley has been no stranger to controversy, having caused a furore with comments about unemployed people that were described by critics as akin to eugenics, as well as making comments about ‘splatting chavs’.
This morning, when challenged about ‘congratulat[ing] a homophobe’ he responding withi this tweet about Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn:
Not even the S*n and Mail, who have run ‘laughable’ stories about Corbyn’s contact in the House of Commons with a Czechoslovakian diplomat, tried to stretch their nonsense that far.
This afternoon, the SKWAWKBOX sent Mr Bradley a press enquiry:
The Radio 4 piece mentioned in our enquiry had explained at length that the codings allocated to Czech files on Jeremy Corbyn showed beyond doubt that he had not been any kind of source to Czechoslovakian intelligence – rather, they made clear that, while the Czech intelligence services were interested in him, he had never given them any reason to think he would co-operate with them:
Mr Bradley did not respond by the time of publication.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has instructed lawyers to write to Bradley about his tweet, which now, coincidentally or other wise, appears to have been deleted.
Tory front-bencher James Cleverly has been quick to defend Mr Bradley in the past, speaking to BBC Radio 4 after Bradley’s ‘eugenics’ comments. He also defended Bradley today when the MP was criticised for tweeting congratulations to a Tory activist who allegedly used homophobic language:
Interestingly, Cleverly’s tweet also appears to have been deleted. Are the Tories beginning to see Bradley as toxic?
Tories often behave as if they’re immune to the consequences of their actions. Mr Bradley’s deletion of his tweet may suggest he realises he has gone too far and has left himself open to legal action.
It’s a disgrace that Tories – including Cabinet-level front-benchers – have felt free to propagate a smear that was ridiculous from the moment it was published, in spite of the obvious risks of inciting violence by the hard right as evidenced by the tragic death of Jo Cox and the recent revelation that the man who attacked Muslims at Finsbury Park mosque also planned to target Corbyn.
Shame on all who have joined in.
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