Labour MP reprimanded over Pfizer 'rapists' tweet

A veteran Labour MP has been reprimanded over an "unacceptable" remark likening US drug giant Pfizer to "rapists" over its bid to take over British rival AstraZeneca.

PM: Labour MP 'quite wrong' to liken Pfizer to 'rapists'

The Prime Minister feels Labour MP Austin Mitchell was "quite wrong" to liken Pfizer to "rapists" in a Twitter post, his official spokesman has told reporters.

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David Cameron feels Austin Mitchell was 'quite wrong' to liken Pfizer to 'rapists' in a Twitter post. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Asked if David Cameron thought Mr Mitchell should be disciplined by his party, the spokesman said, "He does think this is something for the Labour Party."

Mr Mitchell's original tweet also suggested Mr Cameron "dare not stop Pfizer because he dare not offend the US in any way".

Mitchell: People everywhere decry rape of rainforests

Veteran Labour MP Austin Mitchell sought to calm the row brewing over his tweet likening Pfizer to "rapists" by posting on Twitter:

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Naughty me.Substute rapaciousness before any more Physer defenders weigh in.

Mr Mitchell also compared his earlier comments to those made by "people everywhere" who "decry the rape of [the] rainforest".

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OED people everywhere decry the rape of rainforest: destruction, violation,vandalizing, ravaging, pillaging; plundering raiding desecration

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MP apologises to Labour chief whip over 'rapists' tweet

Veteran MP Austin Mitchell has apologised to Labour's chief whip after he compared US drug giant Pfizer to "rapists" over its proposed takeover of British rival AstraZeneca.

MP for Great Grimsby Austin Mitchell.
MP for Great Grimsby, Austin Mitchell, has apologised to Labour chief whip Rosie Winterton over the tweet. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

"The chief whip has made clear to Austin Mitchell this tweet was unacceptable. He has now apologised for what was an obvious error of judgment," a Labour spokesman said.

Minister calls for disciplinary action over 'rapists' tweet

Minister for Women Nicky Morgan has called for disciplinary action after Labour MP Austin Mitchell likened Pfizer to "rapists" on Twitter.

Urging Labour leader Ed Miliband to suspend him from the party, Ms Morgan tweeted:

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@avmitchell2010 - withdraw your tweet now about Pfizer & rapists - hope @ed_miliband suspends you from Labour Party for offensive words.

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Veteran Labour MP likens Pfizer to 'rapists' in tweet

A veteran Labour MP has been reprimanded over an "unacceptable" remark likening US drug giant Pfizer to "rapists" over its bid to take over British rival AstraZeneca.

Austin Mitchell sparked outrage after he criticised David Cameron on Twitter writing:

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Cameron dare not stop Pfizer because he dare not offend the US in any way.Roll up rapists

His comments came after Labour leader Ed Miliband accused the Prime Minister of putting ideology before British jobs in his approach to the proposed deal.