Language like Michael Fabricant’s is too often shrugged off and tolerated

After this Tory MP’s tweet about Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, the onus is on David Cameron to act 

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This morning Michael Fabricant, who until two months ago was Vice Chair of the Conservative Party, tweeted that he could never appear on a discussion program with Yasmin Alibhai-Brown because "I would either end up with a brain haemorrhage or by punching her in the throat".

I had to re-read it when I first saw it. Such an appalling threat of violence isn't something you hear very often, but uttered by a fellow Member of Parliament it beggars belief.

Just imagine how it would feel to read those words if you are one of the three million women in the UK who experience violence each year.

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After an immediate outrage on Twitter, Michael Fabricant felt compelled to apologise, but even in this he missed the point at first.

Yasmin herself has said that she is still reeling from the comments, and any normal person will find them utterly appalling.

This isn't just a Westminster insider story. The audience of Loose Women voted today and were 93 per cent to seven against Michael Fabricant's tweet. Violence and threatening abuse directed towards women infects the Twittersphere and attempts to intimidate and silence women. We must not allow language like this to be tolerated.

There is no room for such actions in our society, let alone our politics, so I've written to the Prime Minister to ask what action he will be taking in response.

As Leader of the Conservative Party, David Cameron has a responsibility to act in this instance and to make clear that there is no home for such views within the Conservatives.

The language of violence against women and girls is too often shrugged off and tolerated. David Cameron must spell out in no uncertain terms that the Conservative Party believes that threats of violence in any form are unacceptable and that such views will not be tolerated.

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