Candidate’s ‘regret’ over Churchill slur

Context: Ben Whittingham, says his comments were taken out of context. Below, MP Ben Wallace
Context: Ben Whittingham, says his comments were taken out of context. Below, MP Ben Wallace
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A labour who caused a storm when he posted offensive comments about Winston Churchill on social media has spoken of his ‘regret.’

Ben Whittingham has said he “regrets any offence caused” by his tweet calling the war-time leader a ‘racist and white supremacist’.

Ben Wallace Preston North and Wyre MP

Ben Wallace Preston North and Wyre MP

The 23-year-old, who was selected for the Wyre and Preston North MP seat, came under fire from Conservative MP Ben Wallace after the controversial tweet went viral online.

However, Mr Whittingham claims the tweet has been taken out of context.

The 23-year-old said:“Ben Wallace has been publicising a tweet I made 18 months ago in the context of a debate about who should front the new set of bank notes.

“I naturally regret any offence that may have been caused by this tweet, in which I quoted an article about a famous historian of Churchill.

“I hope that the campaign leading up to next May’s election will focus on the need for a cleaner, fairer politics than we are used to.”

MP Mr Wallace, who was unavailable for comment yesterday, had demanded Mr Whittingham make a public apology.

Today, a spokesman for the Labour Campaign accused Mr Wallace of being a “tactician”.

Bob Denmark of the Labour Campaign Group said: “On the one side we have an aspirational, forward looking young Labour candidate, unafraid to speak his mind and on the other we have an experienced Tory political tactician whose attack on Ben Whittingham is a contrived outrage.”