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— Emily Thornberry (@EmilyThornberry) November 20, 2014

The Rochester white van man apparently slurred by Emily Thornberry in a tweet has insisted his England flags are staying put.

Homeowner Dan Ware found himself unwittingly placed at the heart of a Westminster storm, after his home was photographed and posted on Twitter by Labour shadow attorney general Emily Thornberry.

Thornberry, the MP for Islington South and Finsbury, was forced to resign after being accused of snobbery and out of touch by singling out Ware's home with its three England flags draped from his upstairs windows.

Ware branded the MP "a snob" and added that he had no idea who she was.

He told The Sun: "I've not got a clue who she is but she's a snob. We put the flags up for the World Cup. They'll stay up until they fall down and then I'll put new ones up."

Ware – who is car cleaner – said he could not remember the last time he voted in an election, claiming: "No matter who you have it does not matter."

Thornberry's tweet turned into a nightmare for Labour on a night when Ed Miliband hoped the focus would all be on the Conservatives losing Rochester and Strood to Ukip.

Insiders said the Labour leader was a 'professor of anger' when he confronted his front-bench colleague.

Thornberry later apologised for her tweet and said people should fly the England flag "with pride".