A Conservative MP has apologised after he promoted a poem on social media called ‘The Right To Hate’ which included references to the “Rothschilds” and the “New World Order”.
Bolton West MP Chris Green shared a video on Twitter of controversial comedian Chris McGlade reading out a section of the poem, captioning his tweet, "If you love poetry, this is worth a listen".
Although the clip of the poem uploaded by Mr Green did not contain specific antisemitic tropes, he was immediately challenged over his decision to promote Mr McGlade’s work.
In the poem, which is dedicated to “all those globalists out there”, Mr McGlade challenges suggestions he is an antisemite.
He says, "The Rothschilds are the richest banking family in this world and that’s got nothing to do with them being Jewish and everything to do with them being multi-billionaires who really do influence the dollar, pound and yen.”
Pro-working-class, Middlesbrough-born poet Mr McGlade goes on to criticise the “globalist walls of Jericho” and suggests he will not pander or apologise to “liberal” movements such as Black Lives Matter, saying he is “not responsible for slavery”.
Speaking to The Manchester Evening News, Mr Green explained the he deleted the tweet as soon as he realised what the rest of the poem contained.
"The key thing is that as soon as you know that you have done something wrong you address it," he said.
In a follow-up tweet, he wrote: "Antisemitism comes in many forms, some more obvious than others. I tweeted a section of a poem that in other parts referenced ‘New World Order’ & ‘Rothschilds’.
"I should have been more careful about what and who I was tweeting. I offer a full & unreserved apology & have deleted the tweet."
Mr Green was further criticised last week after writing “Black Lives Matter is a leftist lie” on social media although he insisted he supported the wider goal of equality for all.
He has also faced complaints from local constituents who say he has blocked them on Twitter.
Mr Green said social media was not the right place to discuss contentious issues and invited constituents to email or write to him instead.
He said: “There’s a few reasons for blocking people. People I find offensive – that’s one perfectly reasonable reason to block people, but that’s not everyone.”