A Labour MP has strongly denied comparing the Liberal Democrats to Nazi collaborators for their decision to enter coalition with the Conservative Party.
On Wednesday morning Derby North MP Chris Williamson Tweeted: "The #LibDems have facilitated the most vicious rightwing govt since WW2. Let's vote these collaborators out of office." Williamson's tweet was accompanied by a link to an Independent article that reported Nick Clegg would be ready to enter coalition with Labour.
The comment led to a flurry of replies on Twitter accusing the MP of evoking the Nazis.
11 million people were premeditatively murdered by the Nazi just for being who they were. Is that ever an acceptable comparison, @ChrisWMP?— Sarahphim (@sarahlicity) September 18, 2013
Just seen a Labour MP comparing Libdems to Nazi collaborators. Rachel Reeves demanded an apology for being called "boring".— Willard Foxton (@WillardFoxton) September 18, 2013
However Williamson said the accusation was "ludicrous". He told HuffPost UK the reaction to his Tweet was simply Lib Dems "seeking divert attention away from the fact they have propped up such a nasty right-wing government".