West Midlands UKIP MEP James Carver, the alleged victim of racial abuse, says he is extremely disappointed by the reaction of a Black Country Labour MP.
UKIP MEP James Carver has today attacked Dudley North Labour MP Ian Austin, who took to Twitter to question whether police should be spending their time investigating the alleged racial abuse.
Abusive comments were made on Mr Carver’s Twitter page earlier this month. The incident was reported to West Mercia Police who are now investigating the matter.
Mr Carver, who is believed to be the only British parliamentarian of Romary heritage, recently attended Worcester Police Station after he received an offensive tweet which questioned his parentage and also used the word p*key.
West Mercia Police say they are taking the matter very seriously.
Despite this, Dudley North MP Ian Austin has questioned, through a Tweet shown below, whether the police should spend time on looking into the matter.
Ian Austin (@IanAustinMP)
Should hard-pressed police really spend time on sensitive UKIP MEP @JamesJimCarver upset at nasty people on internet? bbc.co.uk/news/uk-englan…
Commenting on Mr Austin’s reaction on social media, James Carver, said: “Mr Austin is welcome to free speech however, free speech is one thing but racial abuse is something quite different. “I am proud of my Romany heritage so I am extremely disappointed by Mr Austin’s Tweet. The police have confirmed that they are taking this matter very seriously. I'm appalled that this Labour MP has failed to recognise the seriousness of these allegations.
“He is clearly rattled by UKIP who are breathing down his neck in Dudley North and his inane tweet, shows his lack of understanding of the issues facing our Roma, Gypsy and Traveller (RGT), communities.
“Mr Austin should think twice before taking to his Twitter account to attempt to raise a misguided party political attack, but instead focus on the real issues behind this abuse. I will be writing to him privately and am happy to meet with him, should he wish to engage with me constructively, on the wider issues that I am raising".