Stamford MP Nick Boles hits back at criticism he received for calling Labour MP Jess Phillips "irresistable"
Stamford MP Nick Boles has hit back at criticism he received on social media after he described Labour MP Jess Phillips as “irresistable.”
The MP made the comment when he retweeted an interview that the Birmingham Yardley MP had given to The Times newspaper on Saturday.
Mr Boles said: “There is something about @jessphilips that I find irresistable. I would walk over hot coals for her. And yes she would make a great prime minister.”
His praise for Ms Phillips attracted 2,200 comments, was shared almost a thousand times and it received 7,500 ‘likes.’
However, some people commented the 53-year-old MP was being “creepy,” while others appreciated an MP could say good things about a politician in another party.
With the story also appearing in national newspapers, with some reports not mentioning Mr Boles is gay and has a husband, there was also comment that both politicians may join The Independent Group of MPs.
Ms Phillips has often criticised Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Nick Boles faces difficulties with the Conservative Party concerning his stance on a no deal Brexit.
The 37-year-old married mother-of-two defended the Conservative MP and said the newspaper coverage of his words was “utterly ridiculous,” and ‘liked’ his comment.
She also tweeted: “I cannot quite believe how awful people are being about two people from different parties can be nice to each other.”
When Mr Boles was attacked by a Guardian columnist, the MP responded: “No idea who @DawnHFoster (is) but find it very funny that she thinks my admiration for @jessphillips in some way sexual. One day, maybe, a gay man will admire her too and then she will know what I am talking about..”
And posting a picture of some of the online coverage of the spat, the MP added: “Wondering how I’m going to explain this to my husband.”
Today, a spokesman for Nick Boles’ office said the MP did not wish to comment further, adding his earlier comments were “self explanatory.”