New Tory party chair caught out and ragged on social media after gaffe
The newly-appointed and ironically-named chair of the Conservatives has suffered cringing embarrassment on social media after trying to claim the MP behind the UK’s abolition of slavery was a Conservative – when he died a year before the party was even formed and didn’t even belong to its predecessor.
James Cleverly put out a tweet claiming that William Wilberforce, the MP responsible for the 1833 ‘Slavery Abolition Act’ was ‘a Tory MP from Yorkshire’ and an example of a Conservative having a positive impact on society:
In fact, Wilberforce was an independent MP who died just three days after hearing that the Act had been passed – and the Conservative party was only formed a year later. The ‘Tories’, the precursor to the Conservative party, did exist – but Wilberforce was not a member and Tories largely opposed the bill.
Many respondents considered Cleverly’s claim to be dishonest:
Of course, Cleverly may simply be ignorant and shoddy – and many clearly simply considered him not very bright as they piled on the ‘ownage’:
Either way, it’s already abundantly clear that Boris Johnson is not the only member of the government who just isn’t very good.
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