Tory MP says people who don't like Union Jack and the Queen 'should move to another country' 6 months ago

Tory MP says people who don't like Union Jack and the Queen 'should move to another country'

A Conservative MP has suggested that people who are not proud of the Union Jack or the Queen should leave the country after two television presenters made a joke about the British flag

Lia Nici, Conservative MP for Grismby and Councillor for Scartho Ward, on Twitter said: “Of course if people are not proud to be British, or of our flag or Queen, they don’t have to live in the U.K.

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“Perhaps they should move to another country if they prefer?”

Her comments come in response to BBC Breakfast presenters Naga Munchetty and Charlie Stayt making a joke on air about the British flag.

During an interview with housing secretary Robert Jenrick, Stayt said a Union Jack placed next to a picture of the Queen, was “not up to standard size”, adding “I think it’s just a little small, but that’s your department, really” - prompting laughter from Munchetty.

After no response from Jenrick, Munchetty said: "Always a flag, always a flag.

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"Did have a picture of the Queen there too, though."

After backlash to the joke, she subsequently tweeted: I 'liked' tweets today that were offensive in nature about the use of the British flag as a backdrop in a government interview this morning.

“I have since removed these ‘likes'.

“This do not represent the views of me or the BBC.

“I apologise for any offence taken.

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“Naga.”

A BBC source told the Sun: “Naga has been reminded of her responsibilities in relation to her liking some tweets about the comment.”

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After the incident, Jenrick tweeted a photo of the flag next to the Queen with the comment: “We’re always proud to fly the Union Flag at @mhclg.

“It’s a symbol of liberty and freedom that binds the whole country together.”


Other Tory MPs took to Twitter complain about the incident, including Tory MP James Cleverly who said bluntly: 'It's not a small flag.

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“It's in the far corner of the room.”