Mole prepares for Clarkson backlash

IPSWICH MP Chris Mole is bracing himself today for an expected onslaught from Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson.Mr Mole has caused a storm by calling for Mr Clarkson to be sacked from the BBC after making a joke about lorry drivers murdering prostitutes.

IPSWICH MP Chris Mole is bracing himself today for an expected onslaught from Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson.

Mr Mole has caused a storm by calling for Mr Clarkson to be sacked from the BBC after making a joke about lorry drivers murdering prostitutes.

The MP told the Star that he had received 40 or 50 hostile e-mails accusing him of “BBC bashing” and saying he did not understand Clarkson's sense of humour.

“Some of the e-mails were very strong - although I must say almost all were sent from outside Ipswich,” he said.

“It is a bit irritating to be accused of BBC bashing because I'm a great supporter of the BBC and I feel it is right to have edgy humour - but on this occasion Jeremy Clarkson overstepped the mark and caused a great deal of offence.”

Mr Mole is expected a salvo from the presenter - who has targeted him before.

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“I'm sure he will have something to say about me on Top Gear - he had a go at me when I signed the letter calling for Tony Blair to give a timetable.

“I don't know why he singled me out for criticism at that time - I think it might have been because I was the only one of us with a beard! But it makes me suspect that he'll have something to say about me on Top Gear. It doesn't worry me either way.”

The show is recorded on a Wednesday - and Mr Mole issued his call for Mr Clarkson to be sacked late on Wednesday, giving the presenter no time to respond for tomorrow's show.

But next Sunday could be a different matter . . . if he is still at the helm of the top-rated show by then!

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