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Tweet row MP 'upset' at snob label

Former shadow attorney general Emily Thornberry has said it was "particularly upsetting" to be called a snob during the row over her tweet depicting a house draped in flags with a white van parked outside.

The Labour MP for Islington South and Finsbury was forced to quit during the Rochester and Strood by-election campaign last year after provoking a storm of protest when she posted the photo and captioned it "Image from Rochester".

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 live's Pienaar's Politics today, she said: " All I have got to say is that it was an upsetting time. It was particularly upsetting to be called a snob because I have never forgotten where I came from.

"This is a new year and we are only a few weeks away from an election and I think that we should move on and actually talk about stuff that is kind of important."

Asked what she was thinking at the time, she replied: "I have really said all I have to say about that. The house looked like the house I was brought up in. It was covered in flags. I took a photo of it, it was a series of photos. Honestly, I have got nothing more to say.

"People who go into politics have to develop a very thick skin early on and I have got a thick skin."

She refused to answer The Sun's chief political correspondent Kevin Schofield who asked whether she had apologised to the man whose house featured in the photo.

His question was met with an awkward silence.

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