Tory MP Nick Boles criticised for ‘creepy’ tweet about Jess Phillips

Conservative MP Nick Boles divided opinion on social media on Saturday when he tweeted: "There is something about @jessphillips that I find irresistible."

Mr Boles' comments were posted alongside a Times profile on the Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley, in which Mrs Phillips was quoted as saying "I think I'd be a good prime minister."

The rest of his tweet read: "I would walk over hot coals for her. And yes she would be a great Prime Minister."

The post garnered hundreds of replies, many of which described Mr Boles' sentiments as "creepy" – although the Labour MP could be seen to have "liked" the post from her own Twitter account.

Others suggested the pair might have a future in the newly formed Independent Group (TIG).

Warren Morgan, a councillor for East Brighton who quit the Labour Party earlier in 2019, tweeted: "Perhaps both of you should join @TheIndGroup and make that happen."

The newspaper's profile touched on the possibility of Mrs Phillips leaving the Labour Party, with the MP quoted as saying: "I feel like I can't leave the Labour Party without rolling the dice one more time. I owe it that. But it doesn't own me."

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EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 12: British Labour Party politician Jess Phillips attends a photocall during the annual Edinburgh International Book Festival at Charlotte Square Gardens on August 12, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Roberto Ricciuti/Getty Images)
CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 14: Jess Phillips, British Labour Party MP, during the Cheltenham Literature Festival on October 14, 2017 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by David Levenson/Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 24: Labour MP Jess Phillips (centre right) attends the official unveiling of a statue in honour of the first female Suffragist Millicent Fawcett in Parliament Square on April 24, 2018 in London, England. The statue of women's suffragist leader Millicent Fawcett is the first monument of a woman and the first designed by a woman, Turner Prize-winning artist Gillian Wearing OBE, to take a place in parliament Square. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Labour candidate Jess Phillips door knocking and leafleting in her campaigning in her constituency with her team on May 12, 2017 in Birmingham, England. Political parties and candidates continue to campaign across the United Kingdom following Prime Minister Theresa May's decision to call a snap election for June 8th. (Photo by Nicola Tree/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Labour candidate Jess Phillips door knocking and leafleting in her campaigning in her constituency with her team on May 12, 2017 in Birmingham, England. Political parties and candidates continue to campaign across the United Kingdom following Prime Minister Theresa May's decision to call a snap election for June 8th. (Photo by Nicola Tree/Getty Images)
YARDLEY, BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Labour candidate Jess Phillips being interviewed by BBC journalist Emily Maitlis for News Night in her office on May 12, 2017 in Yardley, Birmingham, England. Political parties and candidates continue to campaign across the United Kingdom following Prime Minister Theresa May's decision to call a snap election for June 8th. (Photo by Nicola Tree/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Labour candidate Jess Phillips door knocking and leafleting in her campaigning in her constituency with her team on May 12, 2017 in Birmingham, England. Political parties and candidates continue to campaign across the United Kingdom following Prime Minister Theresa May's decision to call a snap election for June 8th. (Photo by Nicola Tree/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Labour candidate Jess Phillips door knocking and leafleting in her campaigning in her constituency with her team on May 12, 2017 in Birmingham, England. Political parties and candidates continue to campaign across the United Kingdom following Prime Minister Theresa May's decision to call a snap election for June 8th. (Photo by Nicola Tree/Getty Images)
Jess Phillips MP with some of her newly-elected Labour MP colleagues during a photocall in Westminster, central London.
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The forming of TIG signalled the biggest shake-up of Westminster politics in a generation – with a handful of Labour and Conservative MPs leaving to form the new party, the prospect of further departures has become a talking point.

One social media user replied: "This is so good to hear from a Tory MP. Beginning of the end of tribal politics, at last", while another wrote: "That tweet cheers me up immensely. All strength to you both."

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