Brexiteer Tory MP writes formal complaint after Labour MP nominates him for comedy Twitter award

Brexiteer Tory MP writes formal complaint after Labour MP nominates him for comedy Twitter award

Amongst all the Brexit chaos this is almost certainly one of the weirdest stories to emerge.

On Tuesday night, Tory MP and Brexiteer Owen Paterson appeared on Channel 4 News and claimed that 'people are approaching him on the tube and telling him that the government should 'just get on with it.'

Paterson's claim was immediately mocked and called out on Twitter by people who believed he was telling a blatant lie. These included Labour MP Louis Haigh who tagged the 'Didn't Happen of the Year Awards' account in her tweet.

The infamous account regularly calls out stories from Twitter that are conceived to be utterly fictional. With 14,000 followers it's clearly very popular and in addition very funny, which helps.

Last year's winner was this story about an exchange in a supermarket.

Paterson, who was obviously aware of the jokes that were being made at his expense, didn't take kindly to the gags and actually wrote a letter of complaint to Haigh, which he shared on Twitter.

According to Haigh, a man did talk to him on the tube and even gave him a card, which he is happy to show her before asking her to withdraw the nomination.

On Monday, a man came up to me unprompted and encouraged me to continue my public comments urging the Government to deliver Brexit on time. 

I am surprised that you did not discuss the matter with me before publicising your stunt. 

As I said in the House earlier, the gentleman in question even gave me his card. I will not, of course, publish his name as he gave it to me privately but you are most welcome to come to my office to see it for yourself.

I should, therefore, be grateful if you would withdraw your nomination. 

We honestly don't know where to start with this but let's start with the fact that Paterson has reached out to an MP to have his name withdrawn from a fictional Twitter award when the country is facing perhaps it's biggest political crisis ever.

Thankfully, Haigh, saw sense and told Paterson to wind it in a bit.

Then there is the fact that he said on Channel 4 that 'people had spoken to him' but now he is saying that it is just one man.

Also, what ordinary member of the public is just handing out cards to people on the tube?

Then the 'Didn't Happen of the Year Awards' started tweeting about it and it looks like Paterson will be a strong contender for the gong at the end of the year.

They then asked Haigh if she still wants to nominate Paterson for the award and her response said it all.


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