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MP apologises for black people comment made in TV interview

Angela Smith, who quit the Labour Party to join the new Independent Group, said she ‘misspoke’.

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Angela Smith said she was upset that she misspoke so badly (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

Angela Smith said she was upset that she misspoke so badly (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

Angela Smith said she was upset that she misspoke so badly (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

One of the rebel MPs who walked out of the Labour Party has apologised after appearing to describe black people as having a “funny” tint or tinge.

Angela Smith said she was “very sorry” for any offence caused after she “misspoke” during a television interview.

Appearing on the BBC’s Politics Live programme, Ms Smith said: “It is not just about being black or a funny tin … you know, different – from the BME community.”

Following the broadcast, Ms Smith said in a video posted on her Twitter feed: “I am very sorry about any offence caused and I am very upset that I misspoke so badly.

“It is not what I am. I am committed to fighting racism wherever I find it in our society.”

Ms Smith was one of seven MPs to announce they were leaving Labour to form the new Independent Group, citing – among other issues – Jeremy Corbyn’s handling of allegations of anti-Semitism within the party.

PA