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Twitter storm after SDLP's Claire Hanna makes jibe at Ian Paisley

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Ian Paisley

By Staff Reporter

A remark by SDLP Brexit spokeswoman Claire Hanna about North Antrim MP Ian Paisley has sparked a Twitter storm.

The SDLP MLA described the MP as a g******e after seeing his response to a BBC reporter who asked the controversial MP whether he would be offering sympathy to the Prime Minister "after a difficult day".

Mr Paisley replied "I'll be asking her for milk and no sugar" before giving the reporter a serious reply to a question about the Brexit process and the DUP's attitude to Mrs May's Withdrawal Agreement.

The MP's off-the-cuff remark about tea stung the SDLP MLA, who tweeted: "Take back control and hand it to this g******e."

"It genuinely kills me that he is an elected representative, it degrades everything," the south Belfast MLA said in a later online post.

By last night, more than 1,400 people had "liked" the SDLP representative's outspoken views, despite the profanity.

Belfast woman Elaine Young backed Ms Hanna: "Couldn't agree more. How embarrassing for his constituents. For someone who is supposed to be a unionist, you'd think he'd have a little bit of respect for his Prime Minister."

But the MLA also came under fire for her outburst.

Former Dean of Belfast the very Rev Houston McKelvey was among those who responded.

"I am not a fan of Ian Paisley, but I find your language a tad offensive," he tweeted, while Ulster University politics boffin David McCann said: "Very unparliamentary language."

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