He tweeted: “If I reported every time I had been threatened by a Whip or if a Whip reported every time I had threatened them, the police wouldn’t have any time to conduct any other police work! What nonsense from WW.”
But people were quick to point out that his defence perhaps reveals something about the culture within the Conservative party...
This is right up there with \u2018we can\u2019t make misogyny a hate crime because the sheer volume of cases would overwhelm the police\u2019 as a take. Just because something may be commonplace does not make is acceptable or right.https://twitter.com/mike_fabricant/status/1484112611616735233\u00a0\u2026
'Me and my mates commit so many crimes that if the police bothered to investigate they'd get nothing else done.'\n\nFabricant is the Ralph Wiggum 'I'm helping' gif incarnate.https://twitter.com/Mike_Fabricant/status/1484112611616735233\u00a0\u2026
"Crime happens all the time, if I reported all the crimes I'm a victim of, the police wouldn't have time for anything else" is a ridiculous assertion. You're apologising for criminality: what's wrong with you? @Mike_Fabricanthttps://twitter.com/Mike_Fabricant/status/1484112611616735233\u00a0\u2026
There is such an endemic culture of criminal activity by the whips at Westminster that addressing it would take up the entire capacity of the Met, alleges a senior MP, in his defence of the whips (!)https://twitter.com/Mike_Fabricant/status/1484112611616735233\u00a0\u2026
Fabricant is truly the gift that keeps on giving. Thick as peanut butter. I think he's trying to be helpful to the government here.https://twitter.com/Mike_Fabricant/status/1484112611616735233\u00a0\u2026
Speaking to talkRADIO’s Mike Graham yesterday, Fabricant said he doesn’t believe the blackmail claims.
He said: “The whips, whether it’s Labour whips or Conservative whips, were set up to have some discipline and we’re all used to it. It’s not bully boy tactics, it’s just the way to keep a party together to some extent.”
Conservative MP William Wragg has accused the government of \u2018blackmail\u2019 by threatening to withdraw investment from constituencies.\n\nConservative MP Michael Fabricant: "I don't believe any of it!"\n\n@iromg | @Mike_Fabricantpic.twitter.com/z2d0JjEbKD
Wragg is one of a handful of Tory backbenchers to have said publicly they have submitted a letter to the chairman of the backbench 1922 Committee, Sir Graham Brady, calling for a no-confidence vote in Mr Johnson’s leadership.
Christian Wakeford, the MP who defected from the Tories to Labour in protest at Johnson’s leadership and the row over Downing Street parties, said he was threatened about the loss of a school in his constituency if he did not toe the line.
Fabricant isn’t the only one to speak out against Wragg’s claims.
Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries told BBC News: “That is nonsense because that is not how government works.
“It is just attention-seeking behaviour from William Wragg who has been a constant critic of the prime minister, who delivered us the greatest majority since Margaret Thatcher.”