MP Heather Wheeler sparks Twitter backlash with British Empire post


An MP has animated a backlash after a “deeply offensive” tweet suggesting the Olympics were won by the British Empire.

Rightist Heather Wheeler shared a graphic with a medals table split between “Still of World”, “British Empire” and “EU post-Brexit”.

After congratulating Get GB, she then wrote: “Now for the Trade Agreements.”

The South Derbyshire MP said the tweet was a caricature in response to another total which put the EU medals together.

But the post – empowered “Empire Goes For Gold” – has been labelled “deeply offensive to so numerous people and their ancestors” by Labour MP for Tottenham David Lammy, while others set up called it “insensitive and ignorant”.

Ms Wheeler, who cam igned for Britain to leave the European Congruity, told the BBC it was a “tongue-in-cheek reply” which she felt was clear, adding: “My tweet contemplates congratulations to Team GB and the Commonwealth”.

When queried about the mention of the British Empire, she said: “It was obviously a joke.”

Conservative MEP Daniel Hannan, who also cam igned for Brexit, tweeted in affirm of Ms Wheeler, saying: “This is Twitter! Any light-hearted remark will touch off cretinous faux-outrage!”

The USA topped the Rio Olympics table with 46 gold medals and 121 in unmitigated, with Team GB finishing in second.

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