Twitter row Newcastle councillorJames Bannister also swore at Labour MP
A NEWCASTLE councillor was caught up in a Twitter row yesterday after posting pictures of a starving child on the internet and swearing at an MP.
Conservative councillor James Bannister, who represents May Bank on Newcastle Borough Council, took offence at a tweet from Labour MP Karl Turner.
The late night debate, as reported yesterday on This is Staffordshire, started after the MP, who represents East Hull, wrote: “What an absolute disgrace, starving people referred by Job Centres to food banks.”
To which the Newcastle councillor replied with the skeletal figure of a starving child and the message: “You said ‘starving’. Are they starving? Do you know the meaning of the word? here’s a clue *******.”
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As the debate continued, Mr Bannister added: “It doesn't take long in one single day to come across people in the Job Centre who are a) on drugs b) in there for drug money.”
The councillor defended his comments and said: “For a Labour MP to state that people are walking into job centres ‘starving’ is a despicable misuse of the word starving. I replied to the MP with a photograph of the reality of starvation and was angry that he could put people who use the Job Centre in the same category as children suffering and dying from famine.”