US news anchor tells Brits ‘I’m not your MP’ in Twitter confusion

A news presenter from America is urging the British public that he is “not your Member of Parliament” after receiving a barrage of Tweets on social media.

Ben Bradley, a news anchor and journalist for WGN News in Chicago, Illinois, received numerous mentions across Twitter on Friday after his namesake and Mansfield’s MP began trending.

It followed a series of Tweets from Mansfield’s Conservative MP in regards to the free school meals debate, where a screenshot was shared of Mr Bradley replying to a Tweet in which another user described the free school meals programme as “£20 cash direct to a crack den and a brothel”

In a post on Twitter, which has since been removed, he wrote: “That’s what FSM vouchers in the summer effectively did…”

The Mansfield MP has since denied he made these claims and says the “context wasn’t clear” surrounding the Tweets.

But the series of Tweets led to both Mansfield and Ben Bradley trending across Twitter, while some people took to the social media platform to air their displeasure at the Tory MP.

However, a number of Tweets were directed at the @BenBradleyTV account – for the US news anchor – rather than the MP’s @BBradley_Mans handle.

Poking fun at the social media confusion, the news anchor sent out a number of Tweets and called himself a “poor bloke in Chicago”.

In his first Tweet, the Chicago news anchor said: “To the People of Great Britain – I AM NOT YOUR MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT!

“Love, a poor bloke in Chicago.”

In another Tweet, the news anchor said: “Public service announcement to all of my new followers from Britain: Send your pothole and policy complaints to @BBradley_Mans.

“Send your Chicago sightseeing requests to @BenBradleyTV.”

And after he was accused of being a “publicity seeker like Farage”, the news anchor added: “I can assure you I am not a publicity seeker. And while we’re at it… I can also assure you I have no idea what or who ‘Farage’ is.

“I always enjoyed eating in school… and I can also assure you I’m not a member of Britain’s parliament. I’m a TV reporter in Chicago.”

The Twitter confusion followed Ben Bradley MP’s outspoken stance on the free school meals debate with footballer Marcus Rashford.

Mr Bradley had spoken out about his views that the debate was “complex”, while backing the Government’s decision not to extend the scheme through the school holidays until next Easter.

But the MP then started a social media storm after Tweeting about an area in his constituency where free school meals “doesn’t reach”.

Shadow Children’s Minister Tulip Siddiq has written to the co-chairwoman of the Conservative Party, Amanda Milling, asking her to request an apology from Mr Bradley.

However, he claimed this has been taken out of context.

In a public statement, he said: “Pretty clear that I’m about to get hammered across social media/papers for the crime of a tweet where the context wasn’t as clear as I’d thought it was.

“Needless to say, I haven’t said what I’m being accused of, nor would I ever. I’m sorry if others get dragged in to the fire.

“If you want a proper debate you have to accept that sometimes you get it wrong. Proper debate is important.

“You learn from it, you move on. We’re all human.”


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