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Fabricant breaks silence over throat-punch tweet

Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant breaks silence over tweet Credit: ITV News

Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant has broken his silence over the tweet he sent about a female journalist last week that caused outrage.

Mr Fabricant tweeted about the Independent columnist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown after watching her during a TV debate saying: "I could never appear on a discussion prog with @y_alibhai I would either end up with a brain haemorrhage or by punching her in the throat."

He instantly apologised but Yasmin Alibhai-Brown said she did not accept the "apology" issued by the Tory MP and David Cameron said it was not an appropriate thing to say.

Today Mr Fabricant has written an article about the issue saying: “A number of people have been urging me over the last two days to break my self-imposed silence. So I have”

In the blog he says: "I won’t stop tweeting because of one mistake, but I do ask to be judged on my record and on what I actually believe. And to Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, I do hope you will eventually accept my sincere apology."

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Lichfield MP admits to speeding

Michael Fabricant, the conservative MP for Lichfield has confessed to being caught speeding during Common's questions.

The former party whip, until David Cameron's September reshuffle, admitted the offence during a duscusion about the improvements to Welsh railways.

"Having just received a speeding fine from South Wales Police for going at 35mph in a 30mph zone - which was quite shocking to me this morning, I might add - may I say that this news of electrification is a great encouragement to me to use the railway in future."

– Michael Fabricant in the House earlier

The MP admitted the offence to his Twitter followers on the social network this morning.

"Shock Horror: South Wales Police are prosecuting me for speeding at 35mph in a 30mph zone on the A4161 Newport Road. I know my place. Guilty."

– @Mike_Fabricant's twitter account