‘I hope you burn in hell, evil b**ch’, Rev trolls Soubry

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - News - Si­mon Wal­ters

AN ANGLI­CAN cleric has been sus­pended from his job af­ter telling Con­ser­va­tive MP Anna Soubry: ‘Burn in hell you evil bitch!’

The Reverend Philip Fowles sent the hate­ful mes­sage about her stance on Brexit us­ing an of­fi­cial email ac­count from the Angli­can re­tire­ment homes where he works.

His mes­sage also claimed that the prom­i­nent Brexit critic was a ‘traitor’ and a ‘dis­grace to our great party’, sug­gest­ing he is an ac­tive Con­ser­va­tive sup­porter.

When Ms Soubry re­ported the email to po­lice, Rev Fowles apol­o­gised for ‘the tone’ of his out­burst, be­fore seem­ingly back­track­ing say­ing that it was ‘heart­felt’ and writ­ten ‘in the heat of the mo­ment’.

For­mer Min­is­ter Ms Soubry, a lead­ing critic of calls for a ‘hard Brexit’, said last night: ‘This kind of hate­ful be­hav­iour is ap­palling and has no place in a democ­racy.’

The email that was sent to Ms Soubry’s Com­mons of­fice came from Rev Fowles’s email ad­dress at the St Mon­ica Trust in Bris­tol, where he is a ‘pastoral co­or­di­na­tor’ for the old peo­ple’s homes it runs. The trust’s motto, ‘De­liv­er­ing well­be­ing’ was promi­nently dis­played di­rectly be­low his ob­scene rant.

The email said: ‘Madam, You are a traitor to the Bri­tish peo­ple who have voted to leave the EU to build a bet­ter Bri­tain out­side of their sticky-fin­gered con­trol. You are also a dis­grace to our great party.’

Ms Soubry would ‘go down in his­tory as a desperate and treach­er­ous politi­cian’ who wanted to shackle the UK in ‘Euro­pean serf­dom,’ he raged, adding: ‘Traitors are long re­mem­bered. May you burn in hell you evil bitch!’

It was signed ‘Mag­gie & Philip Fowles’, with Rev Fowles’ job ti­tle, ‘pastoral co­or­di­na­tor’, mo­bile phone num­ber and ad­dress.

Af­ter Ms Soubry’s staff called in po­lice, Rev Fowles emailed her the next day to say: ‘Dear Miss (sic) Soubry, I write to of­fer our un­re­served apol­ogy for the tone of our email com­mu­ni­ca­tion to you.’ He added that ‘the last line was writ­ten in the heat of the mo­ment’ and ad­mit­ted us­ing ‘un­war­ranted lan­guage.’

Rev Fowles added: ‘Un­for­tu­nately, the whole com­mu­ni­ca­tion in­ad­ver­tently went via the St Mon­ica Trust web­site and whilst the views ex­pressed were heart­felt and per­sonal they in no way rep­re­sent those of the Trust.’

This time it was signed ‘Revd. Philip and Mrs Mar­garet Fowles’.

Last night, St Mon­ica Trust’s ‘head of peo­ple’, Julie Hay­don, said chief ex­ec­u­tive David Wil­liams had made a per­sonal apol­ogy to Ms Soubry.

She said: ‘Mr Fowles has been sus­pended pend­ing fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion. There hasn’t been a hearing as yet.

‘We can’t com­ment un­til we’ve con­cluded our in­ter­nal pro­cesses. But we do ob­vi­ously take mat­ters like this in­cred­i­bly se­ri­ously. Our chief ex­ec­u­tive spoke to Anna Soubry as soon as it came to our at­ten­tion and ex­pressed an apol­ogy on be­half of the Trust for any dis­tress caused.’

The 100-year-old St Mon­ica Trust, which de­scribes it­self as an ‘Angli­can Foun­da­tion’, runs re­tire­ment com­mu­ni­ties in the West Coun­try.

It was named af­ter founder, Dame Mary Mon­ica Wills of the Wills To­bacco firm.

Rev Fowles works at the char­ity’s West­bury Fields and Mon­ica Wills House sites. He is also a lay preacher at nearby Nailsea United Re­formed Church.

A col­league de­scribed him as ‘im­pul­sive’.

The char­ity pledges to up­hold ‘the dig­nity and spir­i­tual well-be­ing of res­i­dents in a non­judg­men­tal way to share their con­cerns, hopes, joys and frus­tra­tions’.

‘Hate­ful be­hav­iour has no place in a democ­racy’

SHOCK­ING AT­TACK: Rev Philip Fowles has been re­ported to the po­lice over his com­ments to Tory MP Anna Soubry, right

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