Labour’s candidate in the Stoke by-election has been engulfed in a sexism row after a series of tweets revealed he ranted at ‘b****y,’ ‘annoying’ and ‘stupid’ women online.
The tweets show Gareth Snell, who goes head-to-head with Ukip leader Paul Nuttall in this month’s Stoke-on-Trent vote, used to post regular angry comments targeting women on TV.
He hit out at a ‘speccy blonde girl’ on the 2010 Apprentice as ‘f***ing annoying, adding: ‘Here’s an idea for you, why don’t you p*** off.’
During the following week’s episode he posted another outburst of anger, writing on Twitter: ‘Squabbling sour faced ladies on my TV. Is this the #apprentice or Loose Women.’
Mr Snell issued an apology today after his tweets came to light, insisting he now regrets posting them.
He also singled out women for criticism on other TV shows, including the X Factor.
The Labour candidate, a Staffordshire councillor, suggested the public should ‘publicly rate’ judge Dannii Minogue’s talent and ‘then we’d see how b***y she wants to be’.
While watching BBC Question Time he hit out at a ‘stupid woman’ who appeared on the show.
And he described journalist Janet Street-Porter as a ‘polished turd,’ adding: ‘Shiny and Sh**’.
But he also took his Twitter rants off the sofa, mocking a woman on public transport for taking up two seats.
Mr Snell’s opponents said the ‘sexist’ outbursts from the ‘foul-mouthed young man’ made him unfit to be MP for Stoke-on-Trent and said he had ‘a lot of growing up still to do’.
Deputy Ukip deputy chair Suzanne Evans told the Guido Fawkes website: ‘Clearly this man isn’t fit to be an MP.
‘How he passed Labour’s vetting procedures is beyond me – or didn’t they bother?
‘It’s just the kind of thing I get day in day out on social media from the hard left – from both men and women – so maybe no one noticed. Maybe it’s what they expect.
‘No, of course sexism isn’t the prerogative of the left, but the fact they claim to be the epitome of political correctness does rather when rankle when they let women down, as they so frequently do.’
After asking him for a response, Mr Snell apologised for the offensive tweets.
He 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.’
It is not the first time Mr Snell’s past comments have landed him in trouble.
Earlier in the campaign he faced a backlash after it emerged he had branded Brexit a ‘pile of sh***’.
The local councillor Mr Snell showed his disdain for the outcome in a series of tweets, including one in September when he posted a poem reading: ‘Soft Brexit, Hard Brexit, Massive pile of Sh**, Sloppy Brexit, Messy Brexit, Quit, Quit, Quit.’
During the referendum campaign, he also praised the way pro-EU politicians made their case and suggested he backed Turkey’s bid to become a member.
Mr Snell has since insisted he will not try to block the triggering of Article 50, but criticised Theresa May’s approach.
He faces a tough challenge from Mr Nuttall, who is hoping to take advantage of Stoke’s overwhelmingly pro-Brexit electorate to beat pro-Remain Mr Snell.
It would deliver a major blow to Mr Corbyn because Labour has held the seat since the 1950s.