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PM: Fabricant tweet was 'not acceptable'

The Prime Minister has rebuked Tory MP Michael Fabricant after he tweeted about punching a journalist.

Mr Fabricant tweeted about the Independent columnist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown after watching her during a TV debate yesterday, 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."

Michael Fabricant came in for criticism from the Prime Minister over his tweet.

Speaking to LBC radio, David Cameron welcomed Mr Fabricant's subsequent apology, but said the original tweet was "not an acceptable thing to say".

"Michael knows that that is my view and I don't want to see this happen again," he added.

Read: Journalist rejects MP's 'apology' for punch-threat tweet

Journalist rejects MP's 'apology' for punch-threat tweet

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown said she did not accept the "apology" issued by Tory MP Mike Fabricant, after he tweeted about punching her in the throat.

Read: Tory MP tweets about punching female journalist

Writing on Twitter, she said his comments were a "violent urge" and "unacceptable".

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@mike_fabricant the tweet was offensive & your 'apology' useless. Tories like you think people like me should be ayahs or selling you curry

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@mike_fabricant @guidofawkes It was not a joke but a violent urge, unacceptable from an MP. DO YOU NOT GET THAT? Feeling that urge again?

More: Tory MP 'completely' apologises for punching tweet

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MP 'completely' apologises for punching tweet

A member of Parliament who tweeted that he would have to "punch" a woman in the mouth has reiterated his apology.

Read: MP 'withdraws and apologises' after punching tweet

Mike Frabricant's original comments on the matter were criticised as being equivocal.

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So just for the avoidance of any doubt: I am v sorry for tweet. It was wrong to joke abt punching + I completely withdraw and apologise.

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.Sorry @y_alibhai if you actually thought I would punch you. I actually don't do that sort of thing. But you are utterly infuriating! xx

Read: Tory MP tweets about punching a female journalist

MP 'withdraws and apologises' after punching tweet

An MP has apologised after tweeting that he would "punch" a female journalist "in the throat".

Read: Tory MP tweets about punching a female journalist

In a series of tweets, the MP said he would never seriously threaten anyone with violence.

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Just out of dentist. 1 It appears that some people who don't know me think I actually go round punching "in the throat". Not true.

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2. If anyone believes I would seriously threaten someone with violence, I of course withdraw and apologise

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3. I am afraid I know I would get v angry if I had been on the Ch4 debate last night. Glad it was Rod Liddle and not me!

Tory MP tweets about punching a female journalist

A Tory MP has appeared to tweet about physically assaulting a female journalist by punching her in the throat.

The Twitter account of Mike Fabricant, MP for Lichfield, made the comment in reference to a debate on last night's Channel 4 News on between journalists Yasmin Alibhai-Brown and Rod Liddle.

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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

Labour's shadow minister for women immediately condemned the comments as "disgusting".

Youths to learn the perils of Twitter or 'won't get a job'

Young people should be aware that things they write on social networks now may stand in their way of their dream job in the future, the Conservative vice-chairman said.

Michael Fabricant MP for Lichfield. Credit: PA Wire

Writing in The Telegraph, Michael Fabricant said that he had sent over 15,000 tweets in the past few months. He proposed that social media should be part of wider careers advice for young people.

Mr Fabricant added: "If the 15-year-old Michael Fabricant had had Twitter, I think it would be safe to say he would have struggled to find a job if future employers could trawl through thousands of tweets.

"My concern is that for many of our teenagers and young adults, today’s contemporary ‘banter’ and jokiness could become tomorrow’s block to their future job prospects".

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Tory MP: PM's comments suggest 'profound change'

Conservative MP Michael Fabricant said the Prime Minister's comments on a British-American tax and trade agenda could be the beginnings of a "most profound change":

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This could be the beginnings of the most profound change that could affect the future of the UK for the next 50+ yrs. http://t.co/Uof9jkj0oB

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If the ideal of free trade is reached between the major nations on earth, it will beg the question: What is the EU for, what is its benefit?

MP: Blackpool Tower won't collapse if fracking goes ahead

The Tory MP Michael Fabricant has made light of fears surrounding fracking in the UK following today's announcement to allow the controversial practice go ahead:

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Fracking to resume off Lancashire coast. Will Blackpool Tower fall into a chasm? Will 1000 kiss-me-quick hat sellers disappear?I think not.

UKIP treasurer: 8 Tory MPs in preliminary defection talks

UKIP treasurer Stuart Wheeler donated £5 million to the Conservatives during the 2001 election campaign Credit: PA

Eight Conservative MPs have held preliminary talks about defecting to UKIP, the party's treasurer has claimed.

Stuart Wheeler has told The Daily Telegraph: “I have had lunch secretly if you like, in a completely confidential way, with eight different Tory MPs.”

Mr Wheeler, who was expelled from the Conservatives in 2009 after donating £100,000 to UKIP, has said he has passed their details onto the party's leader Nigel Farage.

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