Austin Mitchell
Austin Mitchell

A veteran left-wing politician has sparked Twitter outrage with a sexist message aimed at former Conservative MP Louise Mensch.

Labour MP Austin Mitchell accused the 41-year-old mother of three, who resigned as member for Corby in August, of being untruthful on why she quit Parliament. He tweeted:

In the aftermath of his tweet, Mitchell, 78, faced calls to say sorry for his choice of words. Mensch demanded 'repudiation.'

But Mitchell resisted calls to apologise. He insisted it had been an elaborate joke by him.

Mitchell, who has been member of parliament for Great Grimsby since 1977, was bombarded with criticism for his tweet - including from members of his party. Prospective Labour candidate Christine Quigley took him to task for his words, saying: