Neil Coyle has apologised for a series of offensive Tweets where he described Brexiteers as ‘sh*tbag, racist w*ankers’.
The Bermondsey and Old Southwark MP launched the tirade late on Tuesday night after wading into the row over the BBC’s decision to only play instrumental versions of Rule, Britannia! and Land of Hope and Glory.
Many view the songs’ lyrics as having ‘jingoistic’ and ‘imperial’ overtones due to lines celebrating the British Empire. Boris Johnson is among those to hit out at the decision – arguing it smacked of ‘cringing embarrassment’ about our history.
Yesterday Coyle told the News that people who were offended could simply unfollow him, but today he appeared to have a change of heart.
After a huge backlash over his choice of language which, bizarrely, included describing Jacob Rees-Mogg as ‘fat’, Coyle has now admitted his now-deleted Tweets were below the standard expected of an MP.
This evening he issued the following statement: “Tweets on Tuesday fell below standards I set myself as well as those expected of me by constituents and Keir Starmer’s Labour Party.
“As a patriot, I’m very angry about those damaging the UK, undermining our values whilst abusing our flag, but that must not tip into foul language. Sorry.”