Islington MP Emily Thornberry defends Twitter picture that saw her branded “revolting snob”

PUBLISHED: 17:17 20 November 2014 | UPDATED: 17:37 20 November 2014

MP Emily Thornberry: 'I grew up on a council estate'

MP Emily Thornberry: 'I grew up on a council estate'


An Islington MP has defended a picture she posted on Twitter after an online backlash branded her a “revolting snob”.

MP Emily Thornberry's picture has caused something of a storm on Twitter Pic: @EmilyThornberryMP Emily Thornberry's picture has caused something of a storm on Twitter Pic: @EmilyThornberry

Emily Thornberry, MP for Islington South and Finsbury, uploaded an image of a house covered in England flags with a white van parked outside this morning.

It is one of series of pictures the politician took doing the rounds before the Rochester and Strood by-election today, but many people took to Twitter to express their anger at what they saw as Islington snobbery.

One, ‏@frank_fisher, posted: “Thanks for the reminder of why no working man should ever vote Labour.

“Every time you think Labour can’t get more repellent, or stupider, they do so. Maybe Ed [Miliband] is the best of them?

“I wish the revolting snob had posted this yesterday.”

Another Gareth George, ‏@GarethGeorge , added: “Twitter is not for everyone you know... maybe time to take a break.”

The Sceptic , @EnglishSceptic, said: “Somebody flies England flags and drives a van? And Labour wonder why the working class are deserting them en-masse.”

And James Warron, ‏@JamesWorron, chipped in with: “Don’t be alarmed, that’s just a working class person, they are actually often very nice.”

But Ms Thornberry, Shadow Attorney General, said: “It was a house completely covered in England flags, from top to bottom, so you couldn’t even see out of the windows.

“I’ve never seen a house like that before, so I took a picture and Tweeted it. That’s what people do on Twitter.

“I think all this is a bit of mischief making. There isn’t much of a story until the byelection result comes in so people make up stories out of nothing.

“It’s also about how Islington is thought of by some, but people from there know it is a very mixed area.

“People in Islington also know I was brought up on a council estate. It’s not as thought I’ve never been on one, I’ve just never seen a house like this before.

“That’s why I Tweeted it.”

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