Stoke & Staffordshire

Stoke Labour candidate sorry for Loose Women tweets

Gareth Snell and Jeremy Corbyn Image copyright PA
Image caption Gareth Snell, pictured with Jeremy Corbyn, has said he regrets sending the tweets

The Labour candidate in the Stoke-on-Trent Central by-election has apologised for posting a series of abusive tweets about women.

Gareth Snell described panellists on ITV's Loose Women as "squabbling sour-faced ladies", the Guido Fawkes website reported.

He also made remarks about Janet Street-Porter and a woman on BBC's The Apprentice.

In a statement, Mr Snell said he regrets sending the tweets.

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UKIP - whose leader Paul Nuttall is expected to mount a strong challenge in the contest - said the comments were "distasteful" and showed a lack of maturity.

Mr Snell said: "I regret these tweets. They were from years ago when I was tweeting along with TV programmes but nevertheless, I shouldn't have tweeted those comments and I apologise for the offence they have caused."

The by-election was called after Tristram Hunt resigned as an MP in January.

See the full list of candidates standing in the Stoke Central by-election.

Meanwhile, Mr Nuttall has described accusations he lied about being a survivor of the Hillsborough disaster as "an absolute disgrace".

At the age of 12, Mr Nuttall was in the Leppings Lane end for the Liverpool v Nottingham Forest FA Cup semi-final at Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough stadium in 1989, which turned into a disaster claiming the lives of 96 people.

A newspaper had questioned whether he could prove it to be true.

Mr Nuttall said: "I've never been so personally insulted in my life."

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