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Yasmin Alibhai-Brown reacts to Tory councillor's alleged tweet

A Conservative Birmingham City councillor has been arrested over allegations he called on Twitter for a female writer to be stoned to death.

Erdington councillor Gareth Compton made the remark about Yasmin Alibhai-Brown on his Twitter page.

Police said he had been arrested under the Communications Act 2003 and bailed. He has since apologised.

Ms Alibhai-Brown had appeared on Radio 5 Live's breakfast show on Wednesday discussing human rights in China.

Afterwards, Mr Compton allegedly tweeted: "Can someone please stone Yasmin Alibhai-Brown to death? I shan't tell Amnesty if you don't. It would be a blessing, really."

Later, he wrote on Twitter that he had not called for the stoning of anybody.

Ms Alibhai-Brown said she did not know about the comment until a friend called her, saying "I was incredibly upset... Do you think stoning women is ever a joke?"

  • 11 Nov 2010