A union boss has been accused of sexism and racism after appearing to make a derogatory remark about Conservative minister Priti Patel (above).
GMB general secretary Tim Roache sparked anger with a comment about the Brexit campaigner during a speech in which he made the case for Britain to remain in the Eu.
He said: “Priti Patel, surely a contradiction in her name.” A spokesman for Britain Stronger in Eu- rope said: “This kind of personal attack has no place in this campaign.”
The comment was condemned by allies of Patel, with Tory MP James Cleverly questioning whether Roache was “sexist, racist, blind or all three”.
Tory MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan said: “This abuse is a new low for the remain campaign – and the kind of negativity that voters up and down the country are rejecting. There will be condemnation”
Roache said people should have listened to the context of his remarks, tweeting: “not sexist in the slightest. Listen to the context. What she says and thinks of workers and rights is not pretty.”