A Tory MP has apologised after telling a constituent to “get a life” when asking about statutory sick pay.
Pauline Latham, the MP for Mid Derbyshire, said she had been “in a state of distress” when she made the comment on Twitter on Saturday.
Latham claimed she thought the person asking her about whether £94 a week in statutory sick pay was a “keyboard warrior”.
Her original comment, which prompted more than 3,000 outraged responses, has not been deleted.
Here is the exchange:
On Tuesday, three days after the offending post, Latham posted this apology:
However, Latham had earlier posted another tweet appearing to stand by her “keyboard warrior” claim.
Latham has represented the Mid Derbyshire seat since its creation in 2010.