Tory minister Amber Rudd has become embroiled in a race row after calling black Labour MP Diane Abbott a ‘coloured woman’.
The Work and Pensions Secretary made the gaffe about the shadow home secretary while appearing a radio show to discuss abuse faced by female MPs, ahead of International Women’s Day.
She told Jeremy Vine on BBC Radio 2: ‘It definitely is worse if you are a woman and it is worst of all if you are a coloured woman.
‘I know that Diane Abbott gets a huge amount of abuse and I think that is something we need to continue to call out.’
Ms Rudd apologised as the clip went viral on social media, saying: ‘Mortified at my clumsy language and sorry to @HackneyAbbott.
‘My point stands: that no one should suffer abuse because of their race or gender.’
Ms Abbott, the shadow home secretary responded on Twitter, saying: ‘The term “coloured”, is an outdated, offensive and revealing choice of words.’
Ms Rudd went on the radio to discuss abuse facing female MPs ahead of International Women’s Day, which takes place tomorrow
The Tory minister said abuse was ‘worst of all if you are a coloured woma’ adding: ‘I know that Diane Abbott gets a huge amount of abuse and I think that is something we need to continue to call out’
Ms Abbott was quick to pick up on Ms Rudd’s choice of words on the radio, taking to Twitter to call it out
And fellow Labour MPs were quick to attack the Tory’s slip, suggesting she used outdated language that belonged int he past
Ms Rudd quickly issued her own apology for the gaff
And Danielle Rowley, a fellow Labour MP, added: ‘Amber Rudd undermining an important point about online abuse by referring to Diane Abbott as a “coloured woman” on BBC Radio 2.
‘She clearly gets her language from the same bygone era as her abhorrent welfare policies.’