Labour MP Emma Dent Coad apologises for calling Tory Shaun Bailey a 'token ghetto boy'

Chloe Chaplain
London Assembly member Shaun Bailey called for her to stand down

A Labour MP has issued an apology after she was accused of writing a "racist" blog calling a London Assembly member a "token ghetto boy".

Emma Dent Coad labelled Shaun Bailey a "token ghetto boy" in the 2010 blog post which was highlighted yesterday by political website Guido Fawkes.

This morning Ms Dent Coad told BBC London Radio the comments made were not her own - she said she was quoting a constituent in her blog.

She added: "If [Mr Bailey] is offended, I apologise."

Ms Dent Coad also claimed in the piece that Mr Bailey had referred to the area he was born in as a "ghetto", causing it to be stigmatised.

Emma Dent Coad faces an angry backlash for the comments (PA Wire/PA Images)

After the blog post was highlighted, Mr Bailey said he had never been "labelled a 'token ghetto boy'" before and was "shocked and saddened" by the article.

He said Ms Dent Coad's "use of language should not be acceptable for an elected politician... and she should be ashamed".

In a statement yesterday, Mr Bailey, a former adviser to David Cameron, called on Ms Dent to apologise for the “hate-filled, racist article”.

But Mr Bailey said: “I am shocked and saddened by the hate-filled, racist article written by Labour MP Emma Dent Coad which has surfaced this afternoon.

“During my time in politics I have dealt with prejudice and attacks from hard-line groups, including the BNP, but not once have I been labelled a ‘token ghetto boy’.”

He also said that the Labour Party should “consider her position”.

Ms Dent Coad also called Mr Bailey "ghetto man low-life" in 2011 in a tweet - also unearthed by Guido.

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