Shami Chakrabarti Apologises For ‘Essex Man’ Joke At Labour Party Conference

Douglas Carswell, whose Clacton constituency is in Essex, also fired in a blog post:

“Perhaps I ought to invite Baroness Chakrabarti to come to Clacton to meet some Essex folk. She’ll discover they’re as decent as anyone she sits next to in the House of Lords.”

But two Essex councillors claimed Chakrabarti had met with them, revealing she had been “mortified” at the reaction to her comments. 

Tim Young, who represents the Greenstead ward on Colchester Borough Council, told the East Anglian Daily Times: “It was a joke that went very badly wrong. She is very apologetic and regretful that it happened and she feels honoured and privileged to be chancellor of Essex university.”

“She realises she now has ground to make up because it is very unfortunate what she said.”

Chakrabarti is reportedly to be promoted into the shadow cabinet on Wednesday, taking the job held several years ago by Emily Thornberry – who resigned after sparking a similar row over ‘Essex Man’

The Islington South MP posted a picture of a house adorned with England flags and a white van parked outside with the caption “Image from Rochester”. It was snapped on the day of the Rochester and Strood by-election, re-won by Mark Reckless upon his defection to Ukip.


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