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Tory MP's jibe at comedian Russell Brand

Russell Brand has been criticised for his lack of political leanings. Photo: REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn

Russell Brand has been described as a "t**t" by a Tory MP after the star admitted he had never voted during an appearance on BBC Newsnight earlier this week.

During a live interview on BBC WM, Michael Fabricant criticised Brand for accusing politicians of "lies, treachery and deceit" as he was interviewed by Jeremy Paxman.

The Staffordshire MP said: "I've never heard so many big words used to such little effect.

"He (Brand) had absolutely nothing positive to say, he just said what we shouldn't do, nothing about what we should be's pretty sad actually.

"When you start using big words - 'paradigm' and things like that - and still don't actually say anything positive you think 'what a t**t."

Conservative MP Michael Fabricant Credit: Press Association

The radio station apologised to its listeners for the "distinctly unparliamentary" language used by Mr Fabricant, who later jokingly referred to his comments as #T**tGate on his Twitter account.

On Wednesday, Brand told Newsnight that has never voted, and he never will.

"It is not that I am not voting out of apathy. I am not voting out of absolute indifference and weariness and exhaustion from the lies, treachery and deceit of the political class that has been going on for generation".

Despite his anti-politics stance, the comedian has guest edited political magazine the New Statesmen this week.

In an article, he explained why he agreed to edit an issue, saying: " I said yes because it was a beautiful woman asking me.

"I chose the subject of revolution because the New Statesman is a political magazine and imagining the overthrow of the current political system is the only way I can be enthused about politics".

His edition includes contributions from David Lynch, Rupert Everett, Noel Gallagher and the actor Alec Baldwin.