The MP for Morecambe has become the latest rival to pull out of a meeting with boxing star Tyson Fury.
David Morris was due to meet the boxing star for talks after Fury revealed he wants to stand against him in the next General Election.
But Mr Morris withdrew at the 11th hour because he was delayed on a trip overseas.
An irritated Fury then compared the MP to Wladimir Klitschko, the world heavyweight boxing champion, who postponed his scheduled fight with Tyson due to a calf injury.
“I’ve taken time out of my busy schedule to meet up with Mr Morris,” said the Morecambe-based fighter.
“What is it about Tyson Fury that nobody wants to face me? First Klitschko, then the MP.
“I wonder if he agreed to meet me at first because he thought (me running for MP) was a joke, but now he realises I’m serious.”
Mr Morris had originally agreed to the meeting which had been arranged by The Visitor for Friday morning at VVV Leisure Club near the charismatic boxer’s home in Hest Bank.
But on Thursday night the Conservative MP’s office sent us an email saying he wouldn’t be able to make it.
Mr Morris also issued a statement challenging Fury to campaign alongside him for an elected Mayor of Morecambe.
“I am pleased that Tyson wants to get involved in the local area and help to inspire our youngsters to work hard in life as he had to achieve great things,” said the Conservative.
“I have read some of the comments that Tyson has made about Morecambe and I don’t see the negative Morecambe he refers to. He talks of lots of people taking drugs and being homeless and being unemployed which is not the case, when he is only seeing a tiny part of the constituency when running.
“I welcome Tyson’s pledge to purchase housing and to work with Lancaster City Council to allow homeless people a place to stay.
“The General Election result in this area spoke volumes and I won with a convincing majority because I talk the area up and get things done. I’ve secured over a billion pounds of investment and have continued to secure millions more.
“I challenge Tyson to join me in a campaign for an elected Mayor for Morecambe. An elected mayor would have overall control of all council related funding and be able to control housing, homelessness, quality of the streets and public areas and public services such as health and transport in the area. So Tyson are you up for it?”
Earlier in the day, Fury spoke about his political ambitions.
“I’m very serious about it. I live here, this is my local community and I would like to see a change and the vast majority of the general public would like to see a change as well.
“I was out on the streets of Morecambe on Wednesday morning interviewing people, gettting people’s opinions, and everyone was in agreement something needs to be done.
“I’ve got a few ideas I was going to mention to David this morning. I want to buy homes for homeless people out of my own pocket. If there aren’t any places available, if the council allocate me the land I will start building homes. I can’t say fairer than that, can I?
“I’m not blowing hot air. I very rarely say something and don’t come through with it. I’ve got a lot of money coming in off the Klitschko fight and I don’t mind spending it on my country people.
“I’m all about home. I don’t mean just Morecambe, I mean the UK as a nation.
“I’m not thinking about joining any parties, I’m an independent candidate trying to make a difference as a human being.
“My uncle said I should go up in a plane, a mile high in the sky above Morecambe Bay and do a sky dive to raise money and awareness (of needy people). I had another idea of doing a documentary where I actually sleep on the streets with the homeless. That could be a good insight into how they are living.”