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Tory MP Michael Fabricant in hot water after saying he would punch Yasmin Alibhai Brown 'in the throat'

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Conservative MP Michael Fabricant has come in for a torrent of criticism after tweeting about Yasmin Alibhai Brown saying that he could never have a discussion with her as he would end up 'punching her in the throat'.

The Tory politician posted the tweet shortly after Ms. Alibhai Brown appeared on Channel 4 news yesterday where she was involved in a heated debate with journalist Rod Liddle. The debate focused heavily on Islam, Immigration and British values. Her performance clearly irked Fabricant ad he took to Twitter to share his feelings.

The whole tweet reads "I could never appear in a discussion prog with @y_alibhai I would either end up with a brain haemorrhage or by punching her in the throat". Fabricant went even further by retweeting a tweet asking for Ms Alibhai Brown to be deported shortly after his own comment.

Once the backlash reached fever pitch, Fabricant then issued a series of tweets designed to apologise without accepting that his comment was out of order. He first joked that "Just out of dentist. 1 It appears that some people who don't know me think I actually go round punching "in the throat". Not true." He then followed that with "2. If anyone believes I would seriously threaten someone with violence, I of course withdraw and apologise" and a third tweet saying "3. I am afraid I know I would get v angry if I had been on the Ch4 debate last night. Glad it was Rod Liddle and not me!"

The criticism kept coming though so Fabricant promptly issued two more tweets which were more contrite. They read "Sorry @y_alibhai if you actually thought I would punch you. I actually don't do that sort of thing. But you are utterly infuriating! xx" and finally "So just for the avoidance of any doubt: I am v sorry for tweet. It was wrong to joke abt punching + I completely withdraw and apologise." Prime Minister David Cameron has provided a strong voice against child abuse and violence against women so it will be interesting to get his reaction on this issue.

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