Grant Shapps sparks Twitter furore with ‘patronising’ bingo and beer tweet

PUBLISHED: 09:49 20 March 2014 | UPDATED: 10:37 20 March 2014

The tweet by Grant Shapps which prompted the furore

The tweet by Grant Shapps which prompted the furore


Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps was last night accused of “patronising” the electorate by posting on social network Twitter.

The chairman of the Conservative Party tweeted a poster hailing the Government's decision to cut taxes for beer and bingo in this year's budget.

But critics were unimpressed.

Mr Shapps' tweet read: "#budget2014 cuts bingo & beer tax helping hardworking people do more of the things they enjoy. RT to spread the word."

It then showed a campaign poster boasting about the cut.

Treasury secretary Danny Alexander said last night: "I thought it was a spoof at first, it's just pretty extraordinary.

"It may be our Budget but it's their words, I think it's rather patronising."

Comedians, social activists, MPs, and musicians have all heaped scorn on Mr Shapps after the posting.

For a selection of some of the best Tweets posted after the 'gaffe' see below.

The Welwyn Hatfield Times has contacted Mr Shapps for comment but at the time of publication he was unavailable for comment.