Tory MP Philip Davies: Joining Twitter 'worst thing I ever did, my 16,000 followers hate me'
Philip Davies, an MP known for his love of filibustering and outspoken criticism of feminism, has revealed that all his 16,000 Twitter followers hate him.
Davies, the Conservative MP for Shipley, who in his maiden speech to the Commons described himself as "a straight-talking Yorkshireman", said he mainly gets abuse hurled at him on the site.
He said those who have shunned Twitter "are the sensible ones".
Speaking during a Commons debate, he said: "I'm not on Facebook but I am on Twitter and I probably regard it as one of the worst things I ever did in my life, going on Twitter. I have about 16,000 followers, all of whom hate me.
"It's all very interesting, what they have to say, I'm sure, but it seems to me rather pointless to be perfectly honest - they can hurl as much abuse as they like, I'm sure it's all very interesting, it doesn't bother me. But I'm not entirely sure it gets us anywhere."
His comments, made during a long and sometimes meandering debate on a Bill to broaden journalists' access to inspect accounting records, were greeted by laughter from the handful of MPs in the Commons chamber for the Friday sitting.
But spotting his words, some of his followers were quick to rally round him on Twitter.
One, Chris-Tay-pher Wedge, wrote: "I don't hate him" next to an image of a smiling emoji.