Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk clashes with Katie Hopkins on Twitter over race relations
The Twitter spat raged after Hopkins responded to a picture the campaigning Rochdale MP posted of himself with two friends and the flag of Pakistan
Their Twitter spat raged after broadcaster Hopkins responded to a picture the campaigning Rochdale MP posted of himself with two friends and the flag of Pakistan.
Businesswoman and media columnist Hopkins, who appeared as a housemate on Celebrity Big Brother, hit out at the Labourman’s tweet for ‘raising the Pakistani flag in Rochdale’.
But he posted back immediately, saying the businesswoman could ‘start a fight in an empty room’ and that he wouldn’t take ‘lessons in community cohesion’ from her. The online spat drew hundreds of re-tweets and was followed by thousands of Twitter users, who posted comments in support of them both.
Mr Danczuk, married to ‘Selfie Queen’ Karen, made headlines yesterday by claiming Ed Miliband is seen as more of a ‘toff’ by voters than Prime Minister David Cameron.
The backbencher said his own leader was seen as more ‘aloof’ than the PM and astonishingly went on to claim that voters would consider deputy leader Harriet Harman a ‘f***ing knob’ over the way she handled a party PR gaffe last year.
The Twitter spat however focused on race - and the high-profile Rochdale child sex grooming case.
Hopkins responded to the MP’s reply on community cohesion with the post: “Do NOT lecture me on community cohesion, fool.”
He replied: “Why don’t you ask families of victims here what they think of my stance on this issue? Your racist generalisation doesn’t help.”
Hopkins posted an image of men convicted of offences in relation to the grooming scandal, with the words: “Are these your friends too @SimonDanczuk? Is this why you are raising the Pakistani flag in Rochdale? 77 years inside.”
He replied to her: “I know the damage these men did as I’ve sat with victims and supported them. Our community is healing and yr vitriol won’t stop this.”
Hopkins posted: “Listen @SimonDanczuk - I’ll come to Rochdale, raise the British flag and explain why NO ONE messes with our white girls. Sod your PC tripe.”
In a later post, Mr Danczuk added: “Rochdale has had its problems and no one has spoken on grooming more than me. But to equate every Pakistani with grooming is a racist slur.”