SEE: British MP tweets image showing apartheid flag

2018-07-13 15:33
Michael Fabricant (left) poses with Howling Laud Hope. (Adrian Dennis, AFP)

Michael Fabricant (left) poses with Howling Laud Hope. (Adrian Dennis, AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Conservative MP Michael Fabricant is courting controversy on Twitter after a picture surfaced of him and an apartheid-era South African flag in his office.

Channel Four News Fact Check tweeted an image of Fabricant and the flag on his mantelpiece.

The tweet, which questioned why the flag was in the background, was quickly shared more than 800 times and has more than 100 comments.

"When is the Conservative party going to do something about their endemic racism?" responded SamuJones.

Fabricant responded to C4 News Fact Check saying that the flag related to his work during the 1980s.

"They are from some of the countries where I had work visits in the 1980s."

He explained to Business Insider that the flag was linked to radio work with the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).

"I did a radio contract years ago with the SABC," Fabricant told BI."I also have a communist-era USSR hammer and sickle flag on the same mantelpiece because I also did work with Radio Moscow."

Fabricant also came under fire on Friday for an Islamophobic tweet about London Mayor Sadiq Khan. The tweet, which has since been deleted, showed an image of Khan mounted by a pig.

This was apparently in response to Khan allowing a balloon to be flown in London depicting the president as a baby in a nappy.

Also read: SEE: Demonstrators mock Trump with giant balloon

In a statement, Fabricant said he "accidentally" tweeted the "vile" picture without spotting what it was really about.

"When I saw the picture, I thought it was just a funny cartoon of a flying pig doing something to the baby Trump blimp."

Read more on:    michael fabricant  |  uk  |  racism

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
/World
 

Our top picks for doggo post of the week

All the best social media shared posts about our favourite furry friends!

 

Paws

Meet the unstoppable two-legged cat taking over the interwebs!
10 foods you should NEVER feed your dog!
Pet owners are spending thousands on animal birthday parties! Here’s why…
WOOF Project: The pop-up dog adoption station
Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.