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Brexit: DUP's Weir blasts Ulster University prof's electorate 'sneer' over Mrs Browns Boys tweet

By Jonathan Bell

Former Stormont Education Minister Peter Weir blasted an Ulster University professor for her "sneer" toward the electorate over the Brexit referendum result.

Mr Weir was responding to a tweet by social policy lecturer Deirdre Heenan on Christmas night.

She tweeted about popular BBC show Mrs Brown's Boys being voted the best sitcom of the past 17 years and how it gave an indication of the UK's decision to leave the EU.

"#MrsBrownsBoys voted best British sitcom of 21st century should give a huge clue to the #Brexit vote," she tweeted.

DUP MLA Weir, however, said the implication "educationally stupid people" voted for Brexit was "insulting".

"No great fan of the programme but your implication that it's educationally stupid people who voted for Brexit, is an insulting, patronising sneer towards the electorate," he tweeted.

Professor Heenan was formerly provost at Ulster University. She co-founded the influential Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey and was a former policy adviser to the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister and was part of the panel to oversee healthcare reform.

She is also a regular contributor to political programming on the BBC.

The Belfast Telegraph has attempted to contact Professor Heenan for comment.

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