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New Tory chairman ‘owned’ over slavery howler

James Cleverly: Not the sharpest tool in the Tory box.

Is there anyone in the Conservative cabinet who hasn’t made themselves look foolish recently?

James Cleverly has – many times, as long-term readers of This Site will know.

But it is from Skwawkbox that we derive this example of imbecilic stupidity:

James Cleverly put out a tweet claiming that William Wilberforce, the MP responsible for the 1833 ‘Slavery Abolition Act’ was ‘a Tory MP from Yorkshire’ and an example of a Conservative having a positive impact on society:

In fact, Wilberforce was an independent MP who died just three days after hearing that the Act had been passed – and the Conservative party was only formed a year later. The ‘Tories’, the precursor to the Conservative party, did exist – but Wilberforce was not a member and Tories largely opposed the bill.

As you can see, the general public took umbrage, and responded in characteristic fashion.

For more examples of Cleverly takedowns, see: Cleverly ‘owned’ after trying to claim Tory credit for ending slavery | The SKWAWKBOX

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