Katie Hopkins and Simon Danczuk have been engaged in an incendiary row over race relations after the Labour MP posted a photo of himself holding the Pakistani flag with two friends in his constituency town of Rochdale.
The Greater Manchester town became infamous as the scene of widespread abuse of teenage girls by predominantly Asian men over a number of years.
Hopkins immediately seized on the photo as being insensitive but Danczuk was quick to respond.
— Simon Danczuk (@SimonDanczuk) March 23, 2015
The Twitter spat quickly escalated as Hopkins tweeted a photo of some of the men found guilty of child abuse.
— Katie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) March 23, 2015
Nine men from Rochdale and Oldham convicted of offences including rape and conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a child. Of the group, eight were from Pakistan and one was from Afghanistan.
@KTHopkins I know the damage these men did as I've sat with victims & supported them. Our community is healing & yr vitriol won't stop this— Simon Danczuk (@SimonDanczuk) March 23, 2015
An investigation into the failure of police officers to tackle the sex abuse did not find any should be charged.
@KTHopkins Why don't you ask families of victims here what they think of my stance on this issue? Your racist generalisation doesn't help— Simon Danczuk (@SimonDanczuk) March 23, 2015
Hopkins later took a more 'patriotic' tack with her tweets...
While tirades like this are all par for the course for the outspoken TV personality, Danczuck has also made headlines this week for his views.
On Monday he said his party leader, Ed Miliband, was seen as more of a "toff" than David Cameron and was an electoral liability.
"They’re just telling lies. It’s just not true. I spend four hours knocking on doors on a Sunday – they [constituents] say things like 'you’re doing an alright job as MP but I don’t want Ed Miliband as prime minister, so I won’t vote for you.' So it’ll cost me votes,"
But in Tuesday's battle, Hopkins eventually claimed victory.
Thanks for your support tonight gang. Politicians can't win an argument with a roll of wallpaper. Shocking.— Katie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) March 23, 2015
But then it's all in a day's work for her...
Any politician fancy taking me on tomorrow night? @SimonDanczuk has been disposed of. perhaps a Green Party member. Member being the word.— Katie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) March 23, 2015