Newcastle councillor James Bannister embroiled in Twitter row over Labour MP's use of word 'starving'
A NEWCASTLE councillor has been embroiled in a Twitter row for posting a picture of a severely malnourished African to illustrate his exception to a Labour MP's use of the word 'starving'.
Conservative councillor James Bannister posted the picture on the social network site last night after objecting to MP Karl Turner's reaction to an article in the Independent newspaper, which claimed tens of thousands of benefits claimants are to be referred to food banks by the Government.
In response to the article the Hull East MP tweeted: "What an absolute disgrace, starving people referred by Job Centres to food banks."
Taking exception to the use of the word starving, Cllr Bannister replied by posting a picture of a starving African on five occasions, each time accompanied with messages which included: "'starving'??? This is starving, moron.."
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A war of words then erupted between the two men, and other Twitter users, in which the Hull East MP branded Cllr Bannister a 'disgrace' and 'repugnant'.
The Newcastle councillor, who represents the May Bank ward, has continued to defend his response throughout today, saying Mr Turner's use of the word starving was 'immoral'.