Michael Fabricant

Call for action against MPs who don't back government

A Staffordshire MP is calling for tough action against Conservative MPs who don't back the government in any confidence motion on a no-deal Brexit.

MP for Lichfield Michael Fabricant has tweeted any Tory MP not backing the government should "lose the whip and be forbidden from standing as a Conservative".

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Defence minister Tobias Ellwood told the BBC's Panorama programme that "a dozen or so" Conservative MPs would support a vote of no confidence in the government to stop a no-deal Brexit.

"I believe that absolutely is the case. I think a dozen or so members of parliament would be on our side, would be voting against supporting a no deal and that would include ministers as well as backbenchers," he said.

Next month about 160,000 Conservative Party members will choose the next leader of the Tory Party - and the next prime minister.

Members will receive their ballots between 6 and 8 July, with the new leader expected to be announced in the week beginning 22 July.

MP asks PM about economic prospects for West Midlands

Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant has asked Theresa May if she had made any "recent assessment of the prospects for the economy in the West Midlands".

The Prime Minister said her party will "continue to support the region by investing more than £430m as part of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull local enterprise partnership."

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Mr Fabricant then asked about the new Birmingham airport masterplan and if the government was going to commit to working with the airport to expand.

Mrs May said they continue to "support airports beyond Heathrow".

She added: "I am happy to welcome Birmingham's decision to publish this masterplan because I understand that, as my honourable friend says, it aims to attract new long-haul routes in addition to the routes that it already runs.

"We are also committed to improving access to Birmingham airport."

Watch: Fabricant impersonates Dennis Skinner in Commons

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Conservative MP Michael Fabricant has said a comedy northern accent he adopted in the House of Commons earlier was an attempt at mocking Bolsover MP Dennis Skinner.

The Lichfield member impersonated the veteran politician while responding to a point he had made during a debate on libraries.

After Twitter users accused him of making fun of northern people, Fabricant clarified the comedy accent was specifically aimed at Mr Skinner.

Tory MP Fabricant accused of Islamophobia over Khan tweet

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Michael Fabricant and Sadiq Khan
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A Tory MP has been accused of Islamophobia over a now-deleted tweet he posted about Sadiq Khan.

Michael Fabricant posted a cartoon showing the Mayor of London's head on an inflatable balloon, engaged in a sex act with a pig.

Former Conservative Party chairman Baroness Sayeeda Warsi described Islamophobia in the Tory party as "widespread".

Mr Fabricant says he posted the tweet by mistake.

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Lichfield MP tells PM: 'Get rid of gas-guzzler Jaguar'

The prime minister should ditch Number 10's "gas guzzler" and replace it with a modern, electric Jaguar, according to Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant.

The new electric Jaguar I-Pace

Mr Fabricant appealed to Theresa May to support the car industry in the West Midlands which he said was "at the very heart of European autonomous drive and electric drive cars".

Mrs May said she could make no promises as "sadly the Jaguar in Number 10 Downing Street is not mine" but said she was looking forward to technology developments in self-driving cars.

She also said £31m had been invested in developing new automotive technologies in the West Midlands, including driverless cars.