Former Conservative MP Louise Mensch has staked a Conservative victory in the next election on… the Ebola outbreak.
Posting on Twitter, the author, now based in New York, said: “If there is a serious outbreak [of Ebola] in the UK I doubt voters will risk a labour government. Time to get serious.”
Unsurprisingly, her remarks ignited a few less than impressed responses on the social media website. Some of the ones suitable for publication described the bestseller author as “completely mental” or “a mentalist”.
Shortly after her provocative tweet, Mensch went back on the site to explain she had been taken in by a parody account.
“Whoops! Apparently the Diane Abbot thing was a parody. Still have no doubt re Ebola and border/health policies. None. Labour not trusted.”
The 'golden generation' of 2010 Tory MPs
The 'golden generation' of 2010 Tory MPs
1/9 Louise Mensch Former MP for Corby & East Northamptonshire
Chick-lit author who resigned her Corby seat in August 2012 to be with her rock band manager husband in New York. Labour won the ensuing by-election with a majority of 7,791(AFP)
2/9 Jessica-Lee MP for Erewash
Won her Erewash seat from Labour with a majority of 2,501. Said she was “extremely sad” to take the “really difficult decision not to stand” because of “personal circumstances and responsibilities” (jessicaleemp.com)
3/9 Aidan Burley MP for Cannock Chase
Won biggest swing in country in Cannock Chase with majority of 3,195. Sacked as ministerial aide in 2011 after buying a Nazi uniform for the groom to wear during a trip to a French ski resort. Apologised but later told constituents: “After a difficult time I have decided to announce I will stand down at the next general election" (Wikimedia)
4/9 Mike Weatherly MP for Hove and Portslade
Rock and heavy metal fan who won Hove with majority of 1,868. Told David Cameron he had decided to leave parliament for personal reasons, saying: “Beating cancer two years ago has led me to review what I want for the future” (Rex)
5/9 Chris KellyMP for Dudley South
Won Dudley South with majority of 3,856. Has been wooed by Ukip, which is targeting his seat, but says he will not join the party. Declined to say why he is standing down (Rex)
6/9 Laura Sandys MP Thanet South
Pro-EU MP who held Thanet South with majority of 7,617 in 2010. Said "a wide range of family demands" meant she would be unable to deliver "the level of dedication and service needed" as an MP. Nigel Farage since announced he will fight the seat for Ukip. (Rex)
7/9 Lorraine Fullbrook MP for South Ribble
Gained her South Ribble seat with majority of 5,554. Said she was standing down for personal reasons, adding: “This has not been an easy decision but [is] the right one for me.” (Rex)
8/9 Dan Byles MP for North Warwickshire and Bedworth
Former soldier who seized Warwickshire North with wafer-thin majority of 54. Said: “This has by no means been an easy decision. For myself and my family... I believe it is now time to move on to new challenges.” (Rex)
9/9 Jonathan Evans MP for Cardiff North
Former MEP and minister while previously MP for Brecon and Radnor, who won Cardiff North with majority of 194. Said that serving to 2020 "is a commitment which is I believe is too lengthy for me to make.” (Rex)
It is believed she was taken in by the following tweet from Diane Abbot MP account:
The more Ebola victims we allow into the UK the quicker we will find the cure. We must show solidarity with our African brothers.— Diane Abbott_MP (@hackneyabbatt) October 12, 2014
Still, despite the falsity of the source (and the response) Mensch continued to stake her claim on a Tory victory bolstered by a vicious epidemic ravaging a number of west African countries.
@LouiseMensch yes, we’re far better off with the Conservatives who came up with the utterly pointless airport screenings. INCUBATION 21 DAYS— Monster Marksh (@MarkEverclear) October 16, 2014
@LouiseMensch Oh you utter.... You expect people in a medical emergency to vote for the party that admits it's effed up the NHS?— willshome (@willshome) October 16, 2014
“I have no doubt whatsoever that when real national security issues arise people vote for whoever is stronger on Nat sec. In UK, not Labour,” she later tweeted.
Twitter user Emma Didbin commented: “Sometimes I think Louise Mensch is just a very carefully constructed practical joke that’s being played on us, like the Waterloo & City Line.”Reuse content