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Tory MP told to apologise after bad joke about road safety

Inside Croydon

A Tory MP was forced into an embarrassing U-turn last night, after an attempt to score petty party political points over road safety.

Philp’s ‘joke’ tweet that he’d rather you did not see

Chris Philp, the Conservative MP for Croydon South, was widely criticised on social media after he tweeted a picture of a car which had crashed into and damaged a 20mph road sign in the borough, part of the Labour council’s policy to make Croydon’s streets safer.

The photograph Philp used had been provided by Andy Stranack, a Tory councillor for Heathfield ward.

“Looks like Croydon Council’s 20mph limit is not working out as planned,” Philp wrote on Twitter.

The sly, off-hand attitude to road safety was roundly condemned, first by members of the public, and later by Labour councillors..

“What a deeply irresponsible tweet, especially from someone in a position of authority,” Stuart King, the Labour council…

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