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).
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.
‘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.’