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MP Michael Fabricant apologises after sharing 'racist' Sadiq Khan tweet

Michael Fabricant was accused of Islamophobia on Friday morning after he tweeted an image of Sadiq Khan, who is a practicing Muslim, being mounted by a pig in an apparent response to Khan allowing a balloon to be flown in London depicting the president as a baby in a nappy.

A Tory MP has faced calls to resign after posting an "Islamophobic" image of London Mayor Sadiq Khan having sex with a pig.

Fabricant said he found it "particularly galling as I am a socially liberal Conservative".

'The picture is vile, ' Mr Fabricant later said.

He has since said: "I did not see the detail on my small iPhone".

"I am genuinely sorry if it caused anyone offence".

"When I saw the picture, I thought it was just a amusing cartoon of a flying pig doing something to the baby Trump blimp".

The images showed a grinning Donald Trump, and in the background a balloon pig mounting a balloon with Khan's face on it, with the words: "Breaking news: Trump defeats Sadiq Khan in balloon wars". This followed on from my remarks on TV about the hypocrisy of the anti-Trump demos and the ridiculous blimp.

Labour MPs are now calling for Fabricant's suspension from the Conservative Party.

"The Tories have ignored countless calls for an inquiry into Islamophobia in their party from their own members, the former chair of their party and the Muslim Council of Britain", he said in a statement. "He may be a useless Mayor, but he's a nice guy whom I worked with when he was in Parliament".

After coming under increasing pressure to take action on the toxic issue within the party, Lewis, the Tory chairman, vowed to "stamp out" Islamophobia.

Trump supporter Mr Fabricant shared the tweet, commenting: "Well, what can I say".

Activist and columnist Owen Jones said, 'The now deleted tweet by Mike Fabricant is gratuitously racist and the Tories have to suspend him now'. They are from some of the countries where I had work visits in the 1980s'.

Separately, Channel 4's FactCheck has asked Fabricant why he apparently had the flag of apartheid South Africa on the mantelpiece of his office.

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