Michael Fabricant

  1. MP warning over plans to end virtual voting

    Plans to force MPs to return to Parliament for votes are being opposed by a number of senior Conservatives, including the Lichfield MP, Michael Fabricant.

    During the lockdown restrictions they've been voting online and he argued: "We've actually got a system that works, it's been tried, it's been tested."

    Michael Fabricant

    Mr Fabricant admitted the system wasn't perfect, but said insisting that MPs could only vote if they travelled to Parliament would disenfranchise those who could not attend for health reasons.

    A vote on the future of the virtual proceedings is due to take place later today.

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    Video caption: Michael Fabricant on HS2: 'I, for one, cannot support this'

    Conservative backbencher Michael Fabricant has said he cannot support the building of HS2.

  3. Lichfield MP says European leaders will envy Johnson

    "European leaders like Angela Merkel will be looking at Boris Johnson with envy", the re-elected Conservative MP for Lichfield has said.

    Michael Fabricant is back with a majority of 23,638 and tweeted last night: "Many European leaders govern weak coalitions. After many years, the UK looks likely to have a strong government able to action its agenda - including Brexit."

    Michael Fabricant

    He also tweeted: "Boris has done what no Conservative leader has managed since Margaret Thatcher in 1987 - securing a substantial Commons majority."

  4. Railway station set for new lifts 'by end of 2019'

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    BBC News

    Long-awaited lifts at Lichfield railway station should be finished by the end of the year, according to the local MP.

    Michael Fabricant next to one of the new lift shafts

    Michael Fabricant's met with Network Rail today at Lichfield Trent Valley and says it's promised to finish the two lifts by the end of 2019, providing disabled access to all three platforms.

    Lichfield was originally one of 42 stations named by the Department for Transport in April 2014 to benefit from Access For All funding.

    Network Rail also going to look into buying nearby land to add a lot more parking spaces, he added.

  5. Theresa May praises West Midlands economy at final PMQs

    Conservative MP for Lichfield Michael Fabricant has used Theresa May's final Prime Minister's Questions to thank her for the "£2bn" invested in the West Midlands region by her government through "grants and guarantees".

    He said much of that had been spent on transport and infrastructure.

    Michael Fabricant

    Mr Fabricant also called on Mrs May to remain "a strong advocate for local devolution" as she moved to the back benches.

    The outgoing PM praised the region's economy, saying it had seen a 27% increase in output in the last five years and that productivity last year had been "twice the national rate".

  6. Call for action against MPs who don't back government

    A Staffordshire MP is calling for tough action against Conservative MPs who don't back the government in any confidence motion on a no-deal Brexit.

    MP for Lichfield Michael Fabricant has tweeted any Tory MP not backing the government should "lose the whip and be forbidden from standing as a Conservative".

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    Defence minister Tobias Ellwood told the BBC's Panorama programme that "a dozen or so" Conservative MPs would support a vote of no confidence in the government to stop a no-deal Brexit.

    "I believe that absolutely is the case. I think a dozen or so members of parliament would be on our side, would be voting against supporting a no deal and that would include ministers as well as backbenchers," he said.

    Next month about 160,000 Conservative Party members will choose the next leader of the Tory Party - and the next prime minister.

    Members will receive their ballots between 6 and 8 July, with the new leader expected to be announced in the week beginning 22 July.

  7. MP asks PM about economic prospects for West Midlands

    Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant has asked Theresa May if she had made any "recent assessment of the prospects for the economy in the West Midlands".

    The Prime Minister said her party will "continue to support the region by investing more than £430m as part of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull local enterprise partnership."

    Michael Fabricant

    Mr Fabricant then asked about the new Birmingham airport masterplan and if the government was going to commit to working with the airport to expand.

    Mrs May said they continue to "support airports beyond Heathrow".

    She added: "I am happy to welcome Birmingham's decision to publish this masterplan because I understand that, as my honourable friend says, it aims to attract new long-haul routes in addition to the routes that it already runs.

    "We are also committed to improving access to Birmingham airport."

  8. Watch: Fabricant impersonates Dennis Skinner in Commons

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC News

    Conservative MP Michael Fabricant has said a comedy northern accent he adopted in the House of Commons earlier was an attempt at mocking Bolsover MP Dennis Skinner.

    The Lichfield member impersonated the veteran politician while responding to a point he had made during a debate on libraries.

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    Video caption: The Conservative MP for Lichfield put on the accent during a debate about libraries.

    After Twitter users accused him of making fun of northern people, Fabricant clarified the comedy accent was specifically aimed at Mr Skinner.

  9. Tory MP Fabricant accused of Islamophobia over Khan tweet

    BBC Newsbeat

    Michael Fabricant and Sadiq Khan

    A Tory MP has been accused of Islamophobia over a now-deleted tweet he posted about Sadiq Khan.

    Michael Fabricant posted a cartoon showing the Mayor of London's head on an inflatable balloon, engaged in a sex act with a pig.

    Former Conservative Party chairman Baroness Sayeeda Warsi described Islamophobia in the Tory party as "widespread".

    Mr Fabricant says he posted the tweet by mistake.

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    Video caption: Prince of Wales investiture regalia 'could boost tourism'

    Regalia worn by Prince Charles at the ceremony that made him Prince of Wales should go on display in the nation, Wales Office Minister Guto Bebb says.

  11. Lichfield MP tells PM: 'Get rid of gas-guzzler Jaguar'

    The prime minister should ditch Number 10's "gas guzzler" and replace it with a modern, electric Jaguar, according to Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant.

    The new electric Jaguar I-Pace

    Mr Fabricant appealed to Theresa May to support the car industry in the West Midlands which he said was "at the very heart of European autonomous drive and electric drive cars".

    Mrs May said she could make no promises as "sadly the Jaguar in Number 10 Downing Street is not mine" but said she was looking forward to technology developments in self-driving cars.

    She also said £31m had been invested in developing new automotive technologies in the West Midlands, including driverless cars.

  12. MP dishes out Black Country dialect advice

    Litchfield MP, Michael Fabricant has been giving Parliament a guide on how to pronounce Dudley.

    He tweeted: "So do I get a part in Peaky Blinders next series?"

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  13. MP wants Brexit divorce bill put in perspective

    Reports that the UK might have to pay up to 50 billion euros to leave the EU aren't worrying the Conservative MP for Lichfield, Michael Fabricant.

    The leave campaigner said this afternoon that the figure had to be taken in perspective and that it could have been worse.

    Michael Fabricant

    Mr Fabricant said there had been claims the so-called divorce bill could be double that.

    The Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has said he hopes an improved offer on the Brexit divorce bill will be enough to move the process on to trade talks.

    Quote Message: Over the last 10 years we've given (the EU) 118 billion. Since we've become members of the European Union we've paid half a trillion pounds." from Michael Fabricant MP for Lichfield
    Michael FabricantMP for Lichfield

    His North Shropshire colleague Owen Paterson meanwhile asked for a guarantee from the government that no legally binding commitment to spend money would be agreed until the EU agrees to a free trade deal and zero tariffs.

  14. Michael Fabricant: 'Many men are bisexual'

    Michael Fabricant says he has no regrets about speaking candidly about his sexuality.

    On First Dates: Celebrity Special for SU2C last night the Conservative MP for Lichfield said most people think he is gay.

    Michael Fabricant MP

    "But when you're a Member of Parliament, if I came out and said what I am, which is probably bisexual, people would say 'he's greedy, he can't make up his mind'".

    Speaking to Alex Lester on BBC WM this morning he said he'd come to the conclusion that many men are bisexual "but don't necessarily do anything about it".

    "I think only computers are either one or zero - binomial - you know, one thing or another, everybody has shades of grey."

    The MP for said he'd done the programme after having a "brush with cancer" himself.

    In the show, he had a date with fantasy novelist Jan who told him to get rid of his wig.

  15. Michael Fabricant to make 'Celebrity First Dates' appearance

    MP Michael Fabricant will be looking for love on Channel 4 programme Celebrity First Dates tonight.

    Michael Fabricant

    It was first revealed by the Prime Minister in the House of Commons that the Conservative MP for Lichfield, Staffordshire, would be taking part in the show, in aid of a cancer charity.

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    Video caption: PMQs: May on and Fabricant Celebrity First Dates appearance

    He described the date as a "terrifying whirlwind".

    "I have never done a totally blind date before, but you need to tune in to see what happens."

    First Dates Celebrity Special for Stand Up To Cancer is at 21:00 on Channel 4.

  16. MP says it's 'most unfair' he is on sexual misconduct list

    Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant says claims he was involved in inappropriate behaviour with a male reporter in a taxi are "most unfair".

    He said he couldn't think what the allegations could refer to and couldn't even remember being in the back of a taxi with a male reporter.

    And he said he was in favour of strong safeguards in parliament, to protect vulnerable young researchers and other staff.

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    Video caption: MP says sexual misconduct allegations 'most unfair'