NEARLY 100 of his constituents in Stroud now know that their MP David Drew is a liar.
That's probably how many diners and staff at a packed hotel in Painswick in Gloucestershire saw or were aware of an incident that took place there a couple of weeks ago.
Nearly 20 British National Party officials were having a meal in the hotel after a day of discussion on strategy when a young man, who admitted to the local newspaper that he had been tipped off that Nick Griffin was in the hotel, travelled there to confront the BNP leader.
As Nick left the hotel after an excellent meal, the 18 year-old attempted to throw a glass of beer over him. He was restrained by a BNP official and then escorted out of the hotel. That was all that happened. Nick and his wife Jackie set off for London to appear on the Andrew Marr Show the next day, and the BNP contingent left for their various hotels in Stroud.
Apparently Nick's assailant returned to the hotel after we had left and was told that he wouldn't be welcome there again.
Yet this is what Labour MP David Drew told the House of Commons yesterday.
""I don't know why Nick Griffin was wined and dined in my constituency in Painswick but he was. It just so happens that one of my constituents took offence at this and happened to spill some beer over Mr Griffin. As a result of this he was given one hell of a hiding."
" . . . happened to spill . . . "
" . . . given one hell of a hiding . . . "
This is not just mischievous exaggeration by a political opponent, it's the deliberate distorting of the truth and done so by an elected representative in our Houses of Parliament.
Thankfully diners and staff at the hotel in Painswick who saw the whole episode will now know just what a liar their MP is.
The report in today's edition of The Independent can be read here, and on the BBC website here. Notice how the BBC report seems to imply that the beer was just "spilled", almost an accident!