Conservative MP Phillip Davies has sent a constituent a rude email after she asked for support in calling for a second EU referendum.
Davies has often been named as a racist for his inflammatory comments:
“if there’s anybody who should fuck off it’s the Muslims”
On disabled people:
“My view is that for some people, the national minimum wage may be more of a hindrance than a help.”
On LGBT inclusivity:
“Do you agree with me that it is better for pupils to learn about Romeo and Juliet and Shakespeare, rather than politically correct Romeo and Julian?”
And on racism:
“Why it is so offensive to black up your face?”
His constituent, Ms C Asquith, was told that she was “arrogant” and had “contempt for democracy” for wanting a second referendum. Although quite vehement to speak to a constituent in this way, the Parliamentary Code of Conduct does not actually forbid abusing your constituents. It would be hoped, and dare we say expected, however, to not do so.
Davies is renowned for filibstering – talking excessively about a piece of legislation so there is not enough time for a vote. He has stated that he uses the mechanism to kill bills he “doesn’t like”, which begs the question, is he really a friend of democracy?