Daniel Kawczynski, the Conservative MP for Shrewsbury and Atcham, has been criticised for making misleading comments about the UK’s relationship with Europe. He claimed that there was “no Marshall Plan” for the UK, when it was actually the largest beneficiary.
Kawczynski said on Twitter:
“Britain helped to liberate half of Europe. She mortgaged herself up to eye balls in process. No Marshall Plan for us only for Germany. We gave up war reparations in 1990. We put £370 billion into EU since we joined. Watch the way ungrateful EU treats us now. We will remember.”
David Allen Green, a journalist and lawyer, wrote on Twitter about Kawczynski’s post:
“It was a vile and inflammatory tweet – accusatory and base. The sort of thing no decent and responsible politician would want to send, even if their facts were correct. But Daniel Kawczynski does not even have the wit to be an adequate demagogue. Because far from the UK getting no Marshall Plan, the UK as a matter of fact was the greatest recipient. So not just an untruth, but the opposite of the truth.”
David Lammy, the Labour MP for Tottenham, said:
“Is this a parody account? Britain received billions from the Marshall Plan and significantly more than West Germany or any other nation. Pick up a history book and you will learn that this brand of jingoistic nationalism is what tore our continent apart twice in one century.”
Kawczynski refused to apologise, saying that:
“The tweet was actually talking about all the things that Britain has done for Europe. Let’s not forget we liberated part of Europe in the Second World War.”
Asked on Talk Radio to explain the tweet Kawczynski refused to answer and instead terminated the interview.