The prominent Brexiteer on a mission to block all Remainers on Twitter

PUBLISHED: 14:06 23 October 2018 | UPDATED: 14:11 23 October 2018

Former Conservative MP Stewart Jackson 
Photo: PA

Former Conservative MP Stewart Jackson Photo: PA

PA Archive/PA Images

David Davis’ former chief of staff and prominent Brexiteer Stewart Jackson has been accused of trying to block all Remainers on Twitter.

The former Conservative MP made headlines after the People’s Vote march for commenting on a social media image of a boy in a hospital bed wearing an EU flag with the message: “what a pathetic cretin”.

The boy has been recovering from an operation at Great Ormond Street Hospital, so was unable to take part in the event. The image had been posted by his stepfather, Anthony Hobley, as a way to pass on his support for those who were marching.

MORE: May’s argument against a People’s Vote destroyed in 40 seconds on BBC News

Jackson’s response to the message was condemned by MPs from both Labour and the Conservatives, and the former MP later claimed his remark had been aimed at the stepfather, rather than the boy.

However, the row led many people on Twitter to discover they had been previously blocked by Jackson, because they were unable to see the message from him which had prompted the outcry. It has led to suggestions Jackson has been systematically blocking anyone he considers to be on the opposite side of the Brexit debate – even if he has never interacted with them on Twitter.

Those blocked by Jackson – who is quick to brand anti-Brexit campaigners ‘snowflakes’ – range from pro-Remain celebrities and New European writers to those who simply voted to stay in the EU.

MORE: Brexiteer claims a fresh referendum would be too ‘humiliating’ for the UK

Caroline Molloy tweeted: “Curiously I’m blocked by Stewart Jackson for some unknown reason, though unlike him I’m generally polite on Twitter and certainly wouldn’t call someone a ‘pathetic cretin’.”

Patrick Howse said: “Despite the fact I’d never heard of Stewart Jackson before I retweeted this, and have never interacted with him, he’s blocked me. Maybe ‘what a pathetic cretin’ was self-insight?”

Food critic Jay Rayner tweeted: “Just checked. Stewart Jackson has blocked me.”

MORE: Brexiteer James Dyson to make new electric cars in... Singapore

Rupert Myers replied: “He’s a surprisingly sensitive soul - dishes it out well enough, but can’t take it.”

A Facebook page has even been created for those who have been blocked to share their stories.

Jackson does, however, still follow The New European on Twitter. When asked for comment on his blocking spree he declined to offer an explanation.

He was MP for Peterborough from 2005 until last year, when he lost the seat to Labour’s Fiona Onasanya.

You've seen the news, now discover the story

The New European is committed to providing in-depth analysis of the Brexit process, its implications and progress as well as celebrating European life.

Try 13 weeks for £13

Support The New European's vital role as a voice for the 48%

The New European is proud of its journalism and we hope you are proud of it too. We believe our voice is important - both in representing the pro-EU perspective and also to help rebalance the right wing extremes of much of the UK national press. If you value what we are doing, you can help us by making a contribution to the cost of our journalism.

  • Become a friend of The New European for a contribution of £48. You will qualify for a mention in our newspaper (should you wish)
  • Become a partner of The New European for a contribution of £240. You will qualify for a mention in our newspaper (should you wish) and receive a New European Branded Pen and Notebook
  • Become a patron of The New European for a contribution of £480. You will qualify for a mention in our newspaper (should you wish) and receive a New European Branded Pen and Notebook and an A3 print of The New European front cover of your choice, signed by Editor Matt Kelly

By proceeding, you agree to the New Europeans supporters club Terms & Conditions which can be found here.



Supporter Options

Mention Me in The New European



If Yes, Name to appear in The New European



Latest Articles

ANTI-BREXIT EVENTS

Grassroots anti-Brexit campaigners are increasing the pressure on politicians ahead of a series of important votes this year. Here is a list of the events organised across Britain in the coming weeks and months.

Trending

Newsletter Sign Up

The New European weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy