Susanna Reid 'wants a slap', says Conservative Euro MP candidate

The Bolton News: Susanna Reid on Strictly Come Dancing with partner Kevin Clifton Susanna Reid on Strictly Come Dancing with partner Kevin Clifton

A POLITICIAN has been accused of advocating violence towards women after sending a tweet asking if anyone would want to slap BBC Breakfast presenter Susanna Reid.

Deborah Dunleavy, who is standing as a Conservative MEP for the North West in 2014, was watching hit BBC1 show Strictly Come Dancing on Saturday when she posted an update on Twitter asking: “Does anyone else just want to slap Susanna Reid...”

The Bolton News: Deborah Dunleavy's offending tweet

The tweet, which could be seen publicly, prompted a backlash from activists across Bolton, who accused the mum-of-three of condoning domestic violence.

Mrs Dunleavy has since deleted her Twitter account.

Labour councillor for Crompton Sufrana Ismail, who works with women who have been victims of domestic violence, said the tweet was not acceptable for someone running for European Parliament.

She said: “I was shocked that this wasn’t a personal conversation, but an actual message from Mrs Dunleavy to 733 people and organisations who were following her.

“In an age when violence against women is denounced by politicians from all parties and closely associated with domestic violence, I found this message offensive and inappropriate.”

Mrs Dunleavy stood against MP David Crausby in the race for the Bolton North East seat in 2010.

Growing up she attended St Brendan’s RC Primary School in Harwood and later Mount St Joseph’s Grammar School. She now lives in Cheshire.

Mrs Dunleavy said the tweet was an off-the-cuff remark, and was “astounded” that people thought she was supporting violence against women — adding that she herself has experience of an abusive relationship.


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She said: “I sincerely apologise to anyone who was offended by my comment — it was suppose to be a flippant comment about reality TV.

“Following my tweet I felt intimidated and threatened by a posse of Labour activists who started to attack me online, which is why I deleted my account.

“I’ll never go back on Twitter — not when there are aggressive people like that on it who started to bully me online. It’s not worth the upset to my family.”

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7:22am Thu 19 Dec 13

oftbewildered2 says...

if she had tweeted 'does anyone want to slap Kevin Clifton? would there have been this outcry? No - probably not - yet men are just as much victims of violence as women. . Ms Dunleavy just wants to slap someone she has probably never met. OK, so perhaps it was an inappropriate tweet in this politically correct world - but there are people in the media I have never met who I feel like slapping sometimes. This woman's 'crime' was in making her feelings public; unfortunately she holds public office. And in reality the 'activists' themselves are guilty of a form of cyber-bullying, or so it would seem to me.
if she had tweeted 'does anyone want to slap Kevin Clifton? would there have been this outcry? No - probably not - yet men are just as much victims of violence as women. . Ms Dunleavy just wants to slap someone she has probably never met. OK, so perhaps it was an inappropriate tweet in this politically correct world - but there are people in the media I have never met who I feel like slapping sometimes. This woman's 'crime' was in making her feelings public; unfortunately she holds public office. And in reality the 'activists' themselves are guilty of a form of cyber-bullying, or so it would seem to me. oftbewildered2

8:15am Thu 19 Dec 13

one_love says...

for god sake, have you seen your self’s, you all sound like little kids in a playground, ohhh did you see what she put on her twitter status, I think some people need to take a good look at them self’s in a mirror, you’re supposed to be POLITICIAN !!! GROW UP !!!!!!!!!!! Sufrana Ismail you have just been waiting for some other party to make a some comment and try to twist it to make it sound worse that what it really is, so you have less competition on election day.
for god sake, have you seen your self’s, you all sound like little kids in a playground, ohhh did you see what she put on her twitter status, I think some people need to take a good look at them self’s in a mirror, you’re supposed to be POLITICIAN !!! GROW UP !!!!!!!!!!! Sufrana Ismail you have just been waiting for some other party to make a some comment and try to twist it to make it sound worse that what it really is, so you have less competition on election day. one_love

8:48am Thu 19 Dec 13

Balboa says...

I see the BN couldn't wait to get their hands on this story to have a go at the Tories. Wonder if it will rush to report any unsavoury comments from their friends at labour.
I see the BN couldn't wait to get their hands on this story to have a go at the Tories. Wonder if it will rush to report any unsavoury comments from their friends at labour. Balboa

8:55am Thu 19 Dec 13

thomas222 says...

Would the news of 8 Labour MPs being convivcted of fraud not have been more newsworthy?
Would the news of 8 Labour MPs being convivcted of fraud not have been more newsworthy? thomas222

8:56am Thu 19 Dec 13

thomas222 says...

BBC cronyism at its best.
BBC cronyism at its best. thomas222

9:09am Thu 19 Dec 13

stereo_world says...

Wow, some people need to grow up. "Advocating violence towards women"? Give me a break. I imagine you get thousands of similar tweets a week, but has domestic violence risen as a statistic because of this?

Also, If some bloke would be on the fence about beating his wife, I doubt this would push him over the edge.

Knowing the BBC, this will run for weeks and weeks until the poor lass is forced to resign.

Get a grip. It's just Labour trying to get one over. No-one gives a crap.
Wow, some people need to grow up. "Advocating violence towards women"? Give me a break. I imagine you get thousands of similar tweets a week, but has domestic violence risen as a statistic because of this? Also, If some bloke would be on the fence about beating his wife, I doubt this would push him over the edge. Knowing the BBC, this will run for weeks and weeks until the poor lass is forced to resign. Get a grip. It's just Labour trying to get one over. No-one gives a crap. stereo_world

9:21am Thu 19 Dec 13

soup153 says...

Both a pair of slappers.
Both a pair of slappers. soup153

9:30am Thu 19 Dec 13

Paralipsis says...

Anybody offended by this tweet shouldn't be reading twitter messages.
Anybody offended by this tweet shouldn't be reading twitter messages. Paralipsis

9:38am Thu 19 Dec 13

Regulatory Man says...

That's the trouble with Twitter it has become a stomping ground for en masse bullies and testosterone fuelled idiots. All too often you see MP's and similar who like to tweet this, that and the other often in total ignorance of what is about to come their way as this case clearly highlights where a flippant off the cuff remark is made and instantly picked up and visible to many, instantly jumped on by a minority who ironically abuse the alleged bad tweeter with vitriol and anger that in real life would result in them probably getting a smack.

Social Networking and in particular Twitter or as in this case 'Twatter' quickly exposes the frailty of the human kind.
That's the trouble with Twitter it has become a stomping ground for en masse bullies and testosterone fuelled idiots. All too often you see MP's and similar who like to tweet this, that and the other often in total ignorance of what is about to come their way as this case clearly highlights where a flippant off the cuff remark is made and instantly picked up and visible to many, instantly jumped on by a minority who ironically abuse the alleged bad tweeter with vitriol and anger that in real life would result in them probably getting a smack. Social Networking and in particular Twitter or as in this case 'Twatter' quickly exposes the frailty of the human kind. Regulatory Man

10:19am Thu 19 Dec 13

Chrome1 says...

It is profoundly embarrassing that we get involved with this third rate, attention seeker vying to become a hot-celeb. Who watches these programmes?
It is profoundly embarrassing that we get involved with this third rate, attention seeker vying to become a hot-celeb. Who watches these programmes? Chrome1

11:16am Thu 19 Dec 13

Cheddy says...

The Strictly woman's so vain and self-obsessed she's sure to trip herself up. Oh dear just what have I said !!???!! Ha, ha it's a joke Sufrana. We don't all live in a light-less place yet, thank goodness. Chill, lass.
The Strictly woman's so vain and self-obsessed she's sure to trip herself up. Oh dear just what have I said !!???!! Ha, ha it's a joke Sufrana. We don't all live in a light-less place yet, thank goodness. Chill, lass. Cheddy

11:39am Thu 19 Dec 13

Paralipsis says...

Chrome1 wrote:
It is profoundly embarrassing that we get involved with this third rate, attention seeker vying to become a hot-celeb. Who watches these programmes?
Millions.The only one I watch on a regular basis is Strictly come dancing, it's fun entertainment not driven by corporate parasites with the promise of we'll make you a star and a millionaire with thousands of broken dreams left scattered along the way and anybody within reason, can dance.
[quote][p][bold]Chrome1[/bold] wrote: It is profoundly embarrassing that we get involved with this third rate, attention seeker vying to become a hot-celeb. Who watches these programmes?[/p][/quote]Millions.The only one I watch on a regular basis is Strictly come dancing, it's fun entertainment not driven by corporate parasites with the promise of we'll make you a star and a millionaire with thousands of broken dreams left scattered along the way and anybody within reason, can dance. Paralipsis

12:20pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Rememberscarborough says...

I wonder when the phrase "to shoot someone down" is going to be banned because it advocates murder.

Is the metaphor is about to go extinct (killed off by those with no imagination?) and should we launch a campaign to save it....
I wonder when the phrase "to shoot someone down" is going to be banned because it advocates murder. Is the metaphor is about to go extinct (killed off by those with no imagination?) and should we launch a campaign to save it.... Rememberscarborough

12:43pm Thu 19 Dec 13

filthy6 says...

Let's get this right, it's nothing to do with BBC or the so called PC brigade, it's all about a prospective MEP getting herself some free publicity & keeping her name known.
Let's get this right, it's nothing to do with BBC or the so called PC brigade, it's all about a prospective MEP getting herself some free publicity & keeping her name known. filthy6

3:49pm Thu 19 Dec 13

coolcat says...

Much higher up my slapping list would be Felicity Kendal, Christine Bleakley, that other one on the One Show and Nigella Lawson...oh and the sanctimonious John Simpson. Do I have to resign from Twitter now or just get my coat?
Much higher up my slapping list would be Felicity Kendal, Christine Bleakley, that other one on the One Show and Nigella Lawson...oh and the sanctimonious John Simpson. Do I have to resign from Twitter now or just get my coat? coolcat

9:04pm Thu 19 Dec 13

mitidja says...

filthy6 wrote:
Let's get this right, it's nothing to do with BBC or the so called PC brigade, it's all about a prospective MEP getting herself some free publicity & keeping her name known.
Yet the BBC is dyed-in-the -wool PC, and has done a sterling job over the years in giving air-time to the PC brigade in its various manifestations. The Corporation is a dab-hand at giving any one of that PC brigade air-time straight after an item in a news bulletin, so that whatever the BBC disapproves of in what , for example,the BBC has reported a government minister as saying or doing, can be sharply criticised by the unelected leftist busy-body concerned.
[quote][p][bold]filthy6[/bold] wrote: Let's get this right, it's nothing to do with BBC or the so called PC brigade, it's all about a prospective MEP getting herself some free publicity & keeping her name known.[/p][/quote]Yet the BBC is dyed-in-the -wool PC, and has done a sterling job over the years in giving air-time to the PC brigade in its various manifestations. The Corporation is a dab-hand at giving any one of that PC brigade air-time straight after an item in a news bulletin, so that whatever the BBC disapproves of in what , for example,the BBC has reported a government minister as saying or doing, can be sharply criticised by the unelected leftist busy-body concerned. mitidja

9:04pm Thu 19 Dec 13

longballs r us says...

one_love wrote:
for god sake, have you seen your self’s, you all sound like little kids in a playground, ohhh did you see what she put on her twitter status, I think some people need to take a good look at them self’s in a mirror, you’re supposed to be POLITICIAN !!! GROW UP !!!!!!!!!!! Sufrana Ismail you have just been waiting for some other party to make a some comment and try to twist it to make it sound worse that what it really is, so you have less competition on election day.
English please!
[quote][p][bold]one_love[/bold] wrote: for god sake, have you seen your self’s, you all sound like little kids in a playground, ohhh did you see what she put on her twitter status, I think some people need to take a good look at them self’s in a mirror, you’re supposed to be POLITICIAN !!! GROW UP !!!!!!!!!!! Sufrana Ismail you have just been waiting for some other party to make a some comment and try to twist it to make it sound worse that what it really is, so you have less competition on election day.[/p][/quote]English please! longballs r us

9:09pm Thu 19 Dec 13

mitidja says...

Yet the BBC is dyed-in-he wool PC, and has done a sterling job over the years in giving air-time to the PC brigade in its various manifestations. The Corporation is a dab-hand at giving any one of that PC brigade airtime straight after an item in a news bulletin, so that whatever the BBC disapproves of in what, for example, the BBC has reported a government minister as saying or doing, can be sharply criticised by the unelected leftist busy-body concerned.
Yet the BBC is dyed-in-he wool PC, and has done a sterling job over the years in giving air-time to the PC brigade in its various manifestations. The Corporation is a dab-hand at giving any one of that PC brigade airtime straight after an item in a news bulletin, so that whatever the BBC disapproves of in what, for example, the BBC has reported a government minister as saying or doing, can be sharply criticised by the unelected leftist busy-body concerned. mitidja

10:15pm Thu 19 Dec 13

thomas222 says...

Im sure the BN could find more important things to report about this town.. your readers are middle aged who buy the paper and not kids...... unlike the staff at the BN that seem obsessed with celebrity and and bs.
Im sure the BN could find more important things to report about this town.. your readers are middle aged who buy the paper and not kids...... unlike the staff at the BN that seem obsessed with celebrity and and bs. thomas222

7:14am Fri 20 Dec 13

Donkey Stone says...

The list of people needing a slap would run to several volumes. Are you ready Mr Morris?
The list of people needing a slap would run to several volumes. Are you ready Mr Morris? Donkey Stone

8:46am Fri 20 Dec 13

RosieSh says...

I can not believe that Susanna is being tipped to win as she was the worst dancer last week. She has been placed in the bottom couple by the judges for the last couple of weeks. Maybe it's Susanna that is tipping herself to win as she does seem to have a massive ego.
I can not believe that Susanna is being tipped to win as she was the worst dancer last week. She has been placed in the bottom couple by the judges for the last couple of weeks. Maybe it's Susanna that is tipping herself to win as she does seem to have a massive ego. RosieSh

10:19am Fri 20 Dec 13

filthy6 says...

mitidja wrote:
Yet the BBC is dyed-in-he wool PC, and has done a sterling job over the years in giving air-time to the PC brigade in its various manifestations. The Corporation is a dab-hand at giving any one of that PC brigade airtime straight after an item in a news bulletin, so that whatever the BBC disapproves of in what, for example, the BBC has reported a government minister as saying or doing, can be sharply criticised by the unelected leftist busy-body concerned.
So this story has been all over the BBC news?
[quote][p][bold]mitidja[/bold] wrote: Yet the BBC is dyed-in-he wool PC, and has done a sterling job over the years in giving air-time to the PC brigade in its various manifestations. The Corporation is a dab-hand at giving any one of that PC brigade airtime straight after an item in a news bulletin, so that whatever the BBC disapproves of in what, for example, the BBC has reported a government minister as saying or doing, can be sharply criticised by the unelected leftist busy-body concerned.[/p][/quote]So this story has been all over the BBC news? filthy6

3:16pm Fri 20 Dec 13

MarkAllRead says...

Does that mean Deborah Dunleavy is a slapper?
Does that mean Deborah Dunleavy is a slapper? MarkAllRead

1:22am Sat 21 Dec 13

keithyno.1 says...

Regulatory Man (see above):

"Social Networking and in particular Twitter or as in this case 'Twatter' quickly exposes the frailty of the human kind."

'Twatter!' Ha ha ha ha ha ha......fecking BRILLIANT !!!!!
Regulatory Man (see above): "Social Networking and in particular Twitter or as in this case 'Twatter' quickly exposes the frailty of the human kind." 'Twatter!' Ha ha ha ha ha ha......fecking BRILLIANT !!!!! keithyno.1

2:28am Sun 22 Dec 13

wsw69 says...

What a stupid woman. Another 'thing' that's not fit for purpose. All this Twitter and Facebook malarkey brings out the real persona of people, even dim-witted politicians - of which this nation seems to be littered with them.
What a stupid woman. Another 'thing' that's not fit for purpose. All this Twitter and Facebook malarkey brings out the real persona of people, even dim-witted politicians - of which this nation seems to be littered with them. wsw69

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