Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

MP makes jibe at comedian Brand

Russell Brand has been robustly criticised by Tory MP Michael Fabricant.

Comedian Russell Brand has been described as a "twat" by a Tory MP after the star admitted he had never voted during an appearance on Newsnight.

Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant used a live interview on local radio station BBC WM to criticise Brand for accusing politicians of "lies, treachery and deceit" during a lengthy discussion with Jeremy Paxman earlier this week.

The Staffordshire MP told BBC WM's Adrian Goldberg: "I've never heard so many big words used to such little effect.

"He (Brand) had absolutely nothing positive to say, he just said what we shouldn't do, nothing about what we should be doing.

"It's pretty sad actually.

"When you start using big words - 'paradigm' and things like that - and still don't actually say anything positive you think 'what a twat'."

Disagreeing with Brand's views, Mr Fabricant added: "It's quite clear that Labour is now shifting to the left.

"We are staying centre-right so there will be a real choice at the general election."

BBC WM apologised to its listeners for the "distinctly unparliamentary" language used by Mr Fabricant, who later jokingly referred to his comments as #TwatGate on his Twitter account.

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