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Reaction mixed after Tory MP Nick Boles calls Labour backbencher Jess Phillips 'irresistible' in tweet

Nick Boles has divided opinion over a tweet he posted about a Labour MP. Credit: Twitter/PA

A Conservative MP has divided opinion after saying he would "walk over hot coals," for an opposition backbencher.

Grantham and Stamford MP Nick Boles wrote in a tweet on Saturday morning he finds Labour's Jess Phillips "irresistible."

In the post, which shared a profile on the Birmingham Yardley MP, Boles said he believes "she would be a great prime minister."

His comments referenced Phillips' statement she believes she has the right qualities to be the leader of the UK.

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The post has since received more than 1,000 replies, with reaction mixed. Some users called Boles "creepy" for the tweet - despite the Labour MP publicly liking it from her personal account.

Others suggested the pair may soon be colleagues as part of the newly-formed The Independent Group, pointing to speculation fuelled by Phillips in her newspaper profile.

She told The Times: "I feel like I can’t leave the Labour Party without rolling the dice one more time. I owe it that. But it doesn’t own me."

Members gather for a photograph shortly after the Independent Group’s inception. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA

Her comments spurred on others to urge her to leave. Warren Morgan, a former Labour councillor who is now a member of the group, responded: “Perhaps both of you should join @TheIndGroup and make that happen.”

But not all were against the tweet. One social media user replied: “This is so good to hear from a Tory MP. Beginning of the end of tribal politics, at last”, while another wrote: “That tweet cheers me up immensely. All strength to you both.”