Isle of Wight electorate react to Bob Seely MP’s ‘tosser’ outburst

Late last night, Bob Seely used his official Isle of Wight MP Twitter account to call someone a ‘Tosser’. Islanders have reacted.

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Isle of Wight Conservative MP, Robert Seely, has found himself in the middle of a Twitter ‘hoolie’ (not quite a storm, but it’s getting blustery) after last night calling a journalist from Press TV a ‘tosser’ on social media platform Twitter.

The target for the MP’s comment, Roshan Salih, had live-streamed video from inside a constituency Labour Party meeting where a vote of no confidence against the Labour Israel Chair, Joan Ryan, was being voted upon.

Our elected MP, Robert ‘Bob’ Seely, directed his tweet to the journalist at 10.29pm last night (Friday) stating:

Islanders unhappy with Bob
As Islanders woke up this morning and check their Twitter feed, what has followed is a growing thread of replies from Islanders clearly unhappy at the apparent ease with which our MP was prepared to insult another person on social media.

One response – from @jessofwight – read:

“MPs should be setting a standard – calling people tossers is below that standard”

Another – from Geoff Scott (@GeoffScottIOW) – read:

“This is not the type of language I expect to see from my elected representative. Irrespective of the issue or the views of the person you’re replying to, it is not becoming of an MP to use such expressions.”

Some support
At the time of publishing, Bob also has 15 Likes on his ‘Tosser’ Tweet, the first of which is from a County Press columnist.

A minority of Island Twitter users have expressed their support for Bob Seely’s tweet.

Ben Dyer (@benjamindyer) said:

“Love it :)”

Stephen Davis (@Stephen65601198) said:

“Best comment you have ever said”

Here are just some that we captured (click on the image and it will open in a new tab click again to enlarge the image):
Thread of replies to Bob Seely

Respect Pledge and Code of Conduct
Twitter user, Daniel Marriott, tweeted Brandon Lewis MP, about the tweet, asking whether the Conservative Chairman would do anything about the apparent breach of the respect pledge.

During the 2017 election campaign which saw Bob gain power, the Conservative Party issued a code of conduct against other candidates included, “To refrain from making abusive or offensive attacks on social media or verbally”.

The Conservative Pledge

In addition to the Conservative Pledge, there is a code of conduct for MPs.

It’s currently unclear whether the outburst breaches either of these things.

OnTheWight has written to the MP this morning to ask for his response to their concerns and we’ll update this article once we hear back.

A response was received from the MP’s office on Sunday.

“I am disappointed, but not surprised, that On The Wight has failed to put any context to my admittedly blunt remark. It is my responsibility to provide comment, it is not my responsibility to provide balance.

“My reaction came about after reading this man’s vile comments, some of which according to an internationally accepted version of anti-Semitism, are anti-Semitic as well as being deeply hostile to Israel. In addition, this ‘journalist’ allegedly was an active participant in efforts to undermine a moderate Labour MP, as part of a move towards de-selection. In my view, he is not a ‘journalist’ but a hard left agitator.

“In addition, Press TV has been banned in the UK. This wasn’t done on a whim. Its many ugly and offensive broadcast include allegedly showed forced confessions of tortured Iranian journalists. Worse, the torturer was standing off camera when the confession was broadcast. It has also been engaged in Holocaust denial, probably the single most offensive anti-Semitic act possible, and one which frankly damages us all.

“If I was some party political opportunist, I would welcome the chaos in the Labour Party caused by a hard left take-over and the attack and deselection of moderate MPs. However, I personally think it is awful what is happening to Labour. This is not part of a renewal of moderate, left politics, but its destruction.

“I think the way that this meeting was infiltrated was shocking, and when you have media working for Iranian state TV outlets who join political groups and participate in campaigns against moderate Labour MPs in a hard-left purge, that is not a good thing for British democracy. This is not a party political thing, but about the threat to our democracy.

“I should think of how other people see this, especially when read without context, and I should set an example. I will be more careful in future in the language I use, even when I am commenting on people or organisations who represent vile and extreme views. Do I regret the sentiment? Not a bit. Will I express it better? Possibly.

“On a more general point, my Island-focused comments are predominately on Instagram and Facebook. I use twitter for more general comments about national politics, alongside some local commentary.”

Update 10 Sept 2018: Added the response from the MP’s office received on Sunday.

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Saturday, 8th September, 2018 1:14pm

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ThomasC

Oh I’d make comments at this on Twitter, only he blocked me a few months ago for questioning him on things.

The man is like a silly little sixth form school boy, repeating lines from Conservative Party HQ parrot style in the day and then having a shandy in the evening and gobbing his mouth off.

smiffy

Well Mr.Seely it takes one to know one as they say. The sooner we say good bye to you the better. You are unfit for purpose–just like the floating bridge.

garyeldridge
I am ALL FOR open and honest debate, such is, when all is considered, a hard won democratic right for us All, but, I am totally against the use of language that is purely personally insulting. I note from the previous comments made many clearly politically opposed to Mr Seely, use language that is every bit as personally offensive as that which appears to have sparked this… Read more »
Tim

Would it be acceptable to use such language to describe Bob Seely on “OntheWight”?

steephilljack

Let’s see: can I call our MP a tosser here ? I really think he is one !

the auditor

As Smiffy says, is takes one to know one. It is a pity that an elected MP has to stoop to the use of such language when there are several other words he could have used. In fact those words may well be applied to him as well.

ThomasC
Something that has bugged me about this outburst is Seely’s interest in the subject of anti-semitism and the whole Israel/Palestinian situation. Whilst anti-semitism might be seen as ‘everyone’s problem’, one wonders why Mr Seely feels a need to comment on it at all, on the basis the the IW probably has one of the smallest Jewish communities in the UK. In the 2011 census the number of… Read more »
Mark L Francis
So what evidence does Seely have for calling Corbtn anti-Semitic? Would that be the barrage of “Big Lies” from the rabidly-anti Corbyn media or is that just the filth that Tories (like Margaret Hodge who is prepared to blame Corbyn for the death of her own grandmother) now spew out to their enemies, hoping no one will actually try to reference any of this utter nonsense. Presumably… Read more »
oldie
Really Mark L Francis! So what evidence do YOU have for saying Corbyn is not antisemitic? If there were evidence then Corbyn would not have backed down from the Court case that Margaret Hodge was beginning to pursue backed by Mishcon de Reya who you’ll remember won the landmark ruling against the Holocaust Denier David Irving who had accused Deborah Lipstadt of libel. Frank Field is also… Read more »
iain mckie

It is not just Seely who uses inappropriate language on Twitter. It is fairly common among MPs: https://inews.co.uk/news/politics/sweariest-mp-jamie-reed-i-learned-swear-john-majors-mistakes/

chippyiow
Labour MP Chuka Umunna says that Corbyn is antisemitic, he is far nearer to Corbyn than anyone here. When you are referring to a person who has spent TEN years of his life as a member of the Holocaust Denial Movement as Corbyn HAS DONE, a group who deny that 6 million Jews were slaughtered by the Nazi’s. Corbyn in his own words regard Hamas, Hezbollah and… Read more »
Mark L Francis

And where is this “HDM”? Do they have like membership cards & a PO Box? Jeremy Corbyn has never been a holocaust denier and you know it.

wellsm
That is correct, there is no evidence that Corbyn is a Holocaust denier. There is plenty of evidence however that he is friends with all those organisations listed by @chippyiow, and in the past with the IRA. He protests that he is a man of peace and he is only trying to promote peace. How many meetings has he had with the Israeli government or, in the… Read more »
willmatthews

You can email him to complain: bob.seely.mp@parliament.uk

Ian Young

At the same time you could also email the Labour leader to register your displeasure with the fact that this meeting, of all meetings, was filmed and shown on the Iranian TV Twitter feed.

As Tom Watson quite rightly said “this is not how the modern Labour party should conduct its affairs.”

No excuse of course for the use by our MP of inappropriate language.

ratbag

Apparently it was Joan Ryan’s supporters on the door who let the film crew in. Perhaps they were banking on a different outcome?

Ian Young

Prominent Jewish MP wins vote of no confidence is hardly a story that is of interest to Roshan Salih or Iranian TV is it.

I happen to know someone who was at the meeting, she tells me what you say is incorrect.

Think we are in danger of drifting off topic so I will rest my case here.

oldie

Ian Young. Joan Ryan is not Jewish. Get your facts straight and stop trying to mix it.

Ian Young

You are of course are correct oldie, she is, as I am sure you know, Chair of Labour Friends of Israel, which is why there was such interest in this meeting from unexpected quarters.

I will by the way continue to express my opinion, it you see this as” mixing it” so be it.

Mark L Francis

Opposition to someone for being Chair of Labour Friends of Israel is not the same as being opposed to someone being culturally Jewish, so can the Labour right-wing stop pretending it is. The problem seems to be that new people join the Party & they won’t vote the way they are told.

wellsm

Thank you for the link, I have written to Mr Seely to tell him that I agree 100%. Press TV is the mouthpiece of Iran. It is banned from broadcasting in the UK and has no place in our society.

iowdave

So many downvotes??? Pathetic!!!! If any of you feel strongly about wellsm’s comment, why not have the guts to post your own responses. I have serious reservations about these “blind” votes.
Oh dear, I suppose I am going to get loads of downvotes for this opinion.

wellsm

I am afraid you did, but you are right of course. People are very good at hiding behind those tick boxes, as you say, why don’t they post their own response?!

oldie
Good old Bob Seely. Totally agree with you. Press TV from Iran is banned in Britain. Iranians should not have been allowed to vote in a British Labour Party Meeting. Especially now we know that their vote swung the vote of no confidence. Tosser is not a swear word. Get real those who pretend they are offended. What are Momentum doing going round trying to deselect Labour… Read more »