Ex-Peterborough MP Stewart Jackson stands by 'What a pathetic cretin' tweet in reply to hospital photo of young boy

Former Peterborough MP is back in the spotlight after this controversial tweet caused outrage
Former Peterborough MP is back in the spotlight after this controversial tweet caused outrage
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Ex-Peterborough MP Stewart Jackson has stood by his comments after tweeting "What a pathetic cretin" in reply to a dad's photo of his young stepson in a hospital bed, unable to take part in last weekend's pro-EU march in London.

Anthony Hobley tweeted a picture of his stepson, wrapped in an EU flag, following an operation at Great Ormond Street Hospital with the words: "My stepson had an operation yesterday @GreatOrmondSt. He’s incredibly brave but gutted he can’t be at the #PeoplesVoteMarch today with his brothers & sisters. You can see he’ll be there in spirit & his brothers are saluting him with a dab! #PeoplesVote #peoplesvotemarch"

The People's Vote March took place on Saturday in London with thousands of people calling for a referendum on the final Brexit deal .

Former Peterborough MP Stewart Jackson and Parliamentary Private Secretary to David Davis, the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, replied "What a pathetic cretin" causing outrage from hundreds of people across the political spectrum on Twitter.

Conservative MP Anna Soubry tweeted: "When any scrap of humanity is overwhelmed by ideology @BrexitStewart is a bitter man gone badly wrong.

Wes Streeting, Labour MP for Illford North in Essex tweeted: "@BrexitStewart this is beneath you. You should delete it and issue a grovelling apology."

Current Peterborough MP Fiona Onasanya said: "If they attack you personally it's because they have a not a single political argument left" according to Margaret Thatcher.

"Perhaps time would be better spent commenting on the Tory Brexit mess rather than abusing innocent families on the internet. A nasty, needless comment."

But Mr Jackson has stood by his tweet.

He replied: "What sort of individual invades their sick child's privacy at a sensitive time to make a political point about the so called Peoples Vote? Really. Awful."

The Peterborough Telegraph approached Mr Jackson for further comment but he said he had none.