A Conservative MP who wrongly suggested that the UK missed out on US aid in the wake of the Second World War has refused to back down, despite being widely criticised over the claim.
He suggested the funding, designed to help European countries rebuild after the war, was "only for Germany".
In fact, the UK received 20 per cent of the Marshall Plan money - more than any other country.
Despite being criticised over the false claim, Mr Kawczynski refused to delete the comment, which was posted on Twitter.
Instead, he told the Shropshire Star newspaper: "There are many people in this country who want to whitewash the sacrifice that Britain has made over generations for Europe.
"They say it is not appropriate to look at a country's history to understand her credentials.
"Those affiliated to Europe in this country hate any challenge to their point of view.
"The furore I can deal with."
Speaking to the BBC, he added: "The tweet was actually talking about all the things that Britain has done for Europe. Let's not forget we liberated part of Europe in the Second World War.
"Unfortunately, many European countries are not treating us as fairly as Britain has treated Europe over centuries.
"I was trying to get across that Britain has been very fair and very generous."
The Conservative Party did not respond to questions on whether any disciplinary action will be taken against the Shrewsbury MP.
His initial tweet, posted as a critique of the EU, read: "Britain helped to liberate half of Europe. She mortgaged herself up to eye balls in process. No Marshall Plan for us only for Germany. We gave up war reparations in 1990. We put £370 billion into EU since we joined. Watch the way ungrateful EU treats us now. We will remember."
The claim was widely criticised on social media.
Labour MP David Lammy wrote: "Is this a parody account?
"Britain received billions from the Marshall Plan and significantly more than West Germany or any other nation. Pick up a history book and you will learn that this brand of jingoistic nationalism is what tore our continent apart twice in one century."
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