Shocking: Guto Bebb.

Guto (pronounced Gee-toe) by name, git by nature, it seems.

The Conservative MP for Aberconwy, Guto Bebb, has responded to a strongly-worded letter from a constituent with an equally strongly-worded response.

But, while the letter from Eurwyn Thomas did not make any personal references to Mr Bebb, the MP was happy to accuse the local voter of “talking out of his arse” in the second example of un-Parliamentary behaviour we have seen from the Conservatives in as many days.

Mr Bebb says he was justified in the personal response because Mr Thomas had vowed to get rid of him.

But Mr Thomas takes the view that Mr Bebb’s verbal attack was entirely unjustified, and has published a (translated) copy of his letter, on his Facebook page, to back himself up.

It reads as follows:

“Dear Mr Guto Bebb MP,

“Seeing as you voted against the motion to increase the salaries of public sector workers in the recent vote, may I ask the following.

“Were you one of the hundreds of Tories that laughed and chortled like pigs in a trough following the result?

“Snorting and rolling over the benches of democracy after winning a vote that was dependent upon the support of the fascist, right wing and anachronistic DUP party.

“This, coming on the back of Conservative hypocrisy about the bravery and strength of our emergency services following the recent awful tragedies.

“Nobody expected any less from you or any other career Conservative (three line whip probably), but, as long as I have a hole in my arse/bottom – that laughing and spiteful celebration will come back to haunt every Conservative candidate in the next election!

“Sincerely,

“E Thomas.”

Here is an image of Mr Bebb’s reply:

Unfortunately This Writer’s own knowledge of Welsh is not that good, and the person I know with a really good command of the language wasn’t working at my local today, so I cannot confirm for certain what he says. Perhaps a reader with a good knowledge of the language would care to translate?

Mr Bebb said: “Mr Thomas wrote two abusive and rude emails to me in Welsh where he stated;

“’as long as I have an arsehole I will work to get rid of you’.

“The exchange was in Welsh and it’s a commonly used phrase in Welsh that somebody is ‘talking through their arse’.  I therefore told Mr Thomas that he clearly still had his since he was talking through it.

“I would write the same letter again.

“As a paid public employee I do wonder why I should be subject to constant on-line abuse and vindictive, spiteful and rude emails.  Would a Doctor or a Teacher expect such a barrage of abuse?”

It wasn’t a barrage of abuse, though.

It was a strongly-worded criticism of the way Conservative MPs celebrated their latest success in cutting the pay of working people – including teachers, as we discovered this week – that only referred to Mr Bebb in conjunction with his Parliamentary party colleagues.

I am reminded of the criticism of Conservative trolls on the social media, which I quoted in another recent article:

Mr Bebb’s response seems doubly strange as, following the general election in June, he has a massively-reduced majority – cut from 3,999 in 2015 to just 635 this year. He is in no position to go hurling insults – especially on such questionable grounds.

Perhaps Mrs May should suspend him from the Tory whip, as well as Anne Marie Morris? Or would that reduce her working majority too much?

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