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  • A senior Brexiteer called the stepfather of a
    hospitalised child a “pathetic cretin” in a bizarre Twitter
  • Stewart Jackson, a former Conservative MP who was later
    a special adviser to former Brexit Secretary David Davis, has
    refused to apologise for his tweet despite backlash from
    numerous MPs.
  • Conservative MPs Anna Soubry and Heidi Allen described
    Jackson as “bitter,” “nasty,” and “unkind.”
  • The stepfather is think tank CEO Anthony Hobley, who
    tweeted a picture of his stepson holding an EU flag while
    recovering from surgery in a hospital. 
  • MPs have been urged to tone down their language after
    Conservative MPs used analogies about Theresa May being knifed
    to death and using a noose.

LONDON — An influential pro-Leave Conservative who was an advisor
to former Brexit Secretary David Davis has been described as
“nasty” and “bitter” after calling the stepfather of a
hospitalised child a “pathetic cretin.”

Stewart Jackson, an ex-Conservative MP who was later a special
advisor to Davis during his time as Theresa May’s Brexit
minister, has been told to apologise by from MPs from parties
including his own for his Twitter outburst.

Jackson tweeted “what a pathetic cretin” to Anthony Hobley, CEO
of think tank Carbon Bubble, who tweeted a picture of his stepson
in a hospital recovering from surgery and holding an EU flag.

Hobley said his stepson was “gutted” that he was not able to
attend the recent People’s Vote march last Saturday, which called
for another referendum on Brexit.

Stewart Jackson cretin
The exchange.

Jackson told HuffPost that he was
referring to Hobley, not the hospitalised child, and refused to
apologise for the now-deleted tweet.

He said: “I just think politics is in a low place when Remainers
use their kids in this way. Invading the child’s privacy whilst
in hospital to make a political point on the People’s Vote.”

“Not what most decent people would do,” he added.

MPs from across the political spectrum publicly condemned
Jackson’s outburst and called on him to apologise.

Conservative MP Anna Soubry tweeted: “When any scrap of
humanity is overwhelmed by ideology @BrexitStewart [Stewart
Jackson] is a bitter man gone badly wrong,” while her fellow
Tory, Heidi Allen MP, described her former parliamentary
as a “pathetic, unkind and nasty man.”

Labour’s Wes Streeting responded to Jackson’s tweet with “this is
beneath you” while his colleague Rupa Huq posted: “Absolutely
disgraceful from Tories at every level, chilling talk of knives
and nooses re: PM from her own MPs and now this defeated one
insulting a little poorly kid.”

Huq was referring to a recent story
in the Mail on Sunday
, in which an unnamed Conservative MP
was quoted as saying May should “bring her own noose” to the
next meeting of Tory MPs.

told the Sunday Times
that “the moment is coming when
the knife gets heated, stuck in her [May’s] front and twisted,”
adding “she’ll be dead soon.”

Jackson published his tweet just hours after politicians
were urged to tone down the language they use.

Staunch Brexiteer Steve Baker said the Conservative MPs who used
these words had “thoroughly disgraced” themselves and called for
the whip to be removed from them.

Addressing the anonymous quotes on Monday, May told MPs: “It is
incumbent on all of us in public life to be careful about the
language we use. There are passionate beliefs on this subject…
but whatever the subject, we should all be careful about our

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