Labour's Ian Austin And Conservative Greg Hands Start Ugly Fight On Twitter

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As Labour and Conservative MPs chewed over the news that David Miliband is to leave politics to take up a new job with a charity in New York, most spent their evenings tweeting pleasant tributes to the popular MP.

But the social network was also the scene for an astonishing Twitter fight between a Labour and Conservative MP.

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Labour MP Ian Austin

Dudley MP Ian Austin said it was "official Labour policy" that Greg Hands, Conservative MP for Chelsea & Fulham, was "the most unpleasant and one of the most stupid Tory MPs".

And the Tory shot back, accusing the Labour MP of celebrating too hard on the "last day of term".

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Conservative MP Greg Hands

The quarrel began before the announcement of David Miliband's resignation, as Greg Hands tweeted about the resignation from the front bench of Ian Mearns MP, who resigned as a Parliamentary Private Secretary to Ivan Lewis, in order to defy the Labour whip and vote against the Jobseekers Bill which retroactively changed Department of Work and Pensions rules relating to mandatory unpaid labour schemes.


Greg Hands
Ian Mearns's reported resignation from the Labour front bench marks the latest 2010 David Miliband supporter to leave.

Ian Austin
Even by ' cretinous standards, his witherings about labour front bench really are very stupid

Greg Hands
Of course you would say that, you are one of the big winners.

Ian Austin
What a fool is. You idiot. He resigned because he thought the leadership stance was too right wing! You incoherent moron. Grow up

Ian Austin
I'm not sure whether 's stupidity outweighs his unpleasantness.

Greg Hands
You have a reputation for playing man, not ball. RT@IanAustinMP: "I'm not sure whether 's stupidity outweighs his unpleasantness."

Greg Hands
Last day of term, Ian. You been celebrating? RT@IanAustinMP: What a fool is. You idiot..."

Ian Austin
No. My stone cold sober assessment of you is that you are one of the most stupid and unpleasant MPs I've met. I hope that's clear

Greg Hands
Don't forget you are a Labour front bencher, Ian. A spokesman for the Party.

Ian Austin
Yep. I am. And the fact that you are the most unpleasant and one of the most stupid Tory MPs is Labour's official policy

Greg Hands
Gosh, you do seem worse for wear. How would you be behaving if England had lost?

Greg Hands
Loving the fact that according to I am "one of the most stupid Tory MPs" & better still this "is Labour's official policy"!

Several of their followers, including former Tory MP Louise Mensch expressed shock at the spat, but neither would back down.


Ian Austin
I haven't. I get on v well with many Tory MPs but my sober & serious assessment of is that he is thoroughly nasty

Louise Mensch
If I were in Parlt I'd pat you on the shoulder and tell you to step away from the keyboard. Maybe someone else can.

Ian Austin
Afraid completely wrong. Get on v well with many Tories. I like George Osborne for example, But i think unpleasant

Greg Hands
Entertainment is over for the evening. The football is over and seems to have passed out at his computer.