Tory MP who voted to dump raw sewage in rivers goes viral after branding criticism ‘hateful’
A Tory MP who voted to allow the dumping of raw sewage in rivers has gone viral after branding criticism as hateful.
David TC Davies, the Conservative MP for Monmouth, was criticised by Catrin Matby for voting against an amendment to the Environment Bill that would have forced water companies to reduce their discharge of effluent into rivers and seas.
The sustainable energy and community development professional challenged the politician, saying “So @DavidTCDavies, you voted yesterday to allow water companies to continue dumping RAW SEWAGE in our rivers. But you told Monmouth THIS was what was killing the Wye and the Usk, and not the effect of intensive farming or poultry units near water courses.”
In response, Davies, who is also Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Wales Office, accused her of “spreading hatred on twitter”, adding “shame on you”.
As is currently stands, the Bill, intended to revamp environmental regulations post Brexit, currently allows raw sewage to be discharged into waterways. This has been put down as a response to a shortage of chemicals that has been linked to leaving the EU.
The comments by the politician were made following the killing of Conservative MP Sir David Amess, and as the UK Government is trying to push an Online Harms Bill through Parliament.
David TC Davies told Matby: “We voted to reduce sewage going into rivers-but we cant risk it backing up into people’s homes. The facts were set out but activists like u are more interested in spreading hatred on twitter than looking at the arguments. In this of all weeks – shame on you”.
He also shared a screenshot of the interaction on Twitter, saying: “In a week when we should be thinking about the language we use online & the effect it has does the @UKLabour condone this kind of language from its activists?”
His tweet has sparked incredulity on social media with the MP being accused of trying to shut down legitimate criticism.
— James Oh Brien (@mrjamesob) October 24, 2021
Callum Williams said: “Being held accountable is not online abuse. Shows the state we’re in when MPs can’t be held accountable for their actions.”
In my view this is @DavidTCDavies being abusive. Abuse is not defined by coarseness versus politesse. It's in the motives; not in the manner.
Gaslighting constituents who raise legitimate issues is an abuse of your position. It polarises debate more directly than any bad word. https://t.co/jYYIXt8DhW
— Alex Andreou (@sturdyAlex) October 24, 2021