Minister for Portsmouth forced to delete anti-gay tweet

Matthew Hancock
Matthew Hancock
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THE Minister for Portsmouth Matt Hancock has been forced to apologise after retweeting an anti-gay poem on Twitter.

Mr Hancock retweeted a limerick by a user calling himself ‘In_A_Flap’ which said the Labour Party was ‘quietly going quite dead’, and was ‘full of queers’. (The retweet is pictured).

The offensive tweet retweeted my minister for portsmouth Matt Hancock

The offensive tweet retweeted my minister for portsmouth Matt Hancock

Mr Hancock deleted the tweet and said in a new post: ‘Previous RT was a total accident.

‘I wholeheartedly disagree with offensive comment in the tweet & am incredibly sorry for any offence caused.’

Mr Hancock has been retweeting poems to coincide with National Poetry Day today.

Portsmouth City Council Labour group leader Councillor John Ferrett said: ‘It’s outrageous that he’s felt it’s appropriate to send a message or retweet a message like that.

Minister for Portsmouth Matt Hancock's apology for retweeting an offensive limerick

Minister for Portsmouth Matt Hancock's apology for retweeting an offensive limerick

‘He should reconsider his position.

‘It reflects badly on him and badly on Portsmouth considering he’s the minister who’s supposed to be representing us.’