Neil Coyle apologises for foul-mouthed Twitter rant over Rule Britannia debate

Katherine Johnston (27 August, 2020)

'Tweets on Tuesday fell below standards I set myself as well as those expected of me by constituents and Keir Starmer’s Labour Party'

31612Neil Coyle, MP for Bermondsey and Old Southwark

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.”

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John Davies says:

Crocodile tears from the mealy mouthed maggot. He is apologising because of the amount of complaints made to the Labour party about his constant drunken abusive rants. Any one with an ounce of remorse or dignity would resign and leave our borough. But dignity and Coyle have absolutely nothing in common. No doubt the next time a Tory says something distrustful this two faced vile little cretin will be calling for their heads. Those who wish to let the Labour party what a lowlife they have representing the people of Bermondsey need to let them know. Hopefully the posh little privately educated middle class posh kid from Luton can piss off back to where he belongs. We all know its only a matter of time until he starts bullying people on Twitter again with his personal abuse

https://labour.org.uk/members/my-welfare/making-a-complaint/

Jeff Watson says:

“Tweets on Tuesday fell below standards I set myself”.
Ha, have a look at his Twitter most weeks after about 11pm, this is par for the course with this wanker.

Edyatd puji says:

Yet another example of the fine upstanding people occupying the opposition benches. Keir Starmer has gained popularity by doing nothing other than keeping the idiots out of view however , we know they are there. When parliament comes back, i hope that’s never, as Keir Starmer probably does, they will be their for all to see. Politics imitating EastEnders

Jeff Watson says:

“Tweets on Tuesday fell below standards I set myself”.
Ha, have a look at his Twitter most weeks after about 11pm, par for the course for him.

Elaine Spink says:

Kier Starmer should throw this abusive man out of the Labour party. Activists working to get the Labour party into power are constantly hampered bu this could mouthed abusive fool. He comes from Luton, I live near Luton someone said he should go back where he came from, please God that never happens we’ve only just got rid of Gavin Shuker another MP who caused nothing but problems for the party.

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