A Labour MP has deleted an expletive-laden tweet branding Tory Brexiteers ‘fat old racists’ and ‘absolute sh***bag w*****s’ as he waded into the Last Night of the BBC Proms row.
Neil Coyle sent the bizarre post late last night in reply to a tweet by Jacob Rees-Mogg backing Boris Johnson for criticising the BBC’s ‘wetness’ in deciding to broadcast Land of Hope and Glory and Rule Britannia without any lyrics.
The tweet read: ‘I have spent years warning local people that these fat old racists won’t stop blaming the EU when their s*** hits the fan. Here they come blaming others. Absolute s***bag racist w*****s.’
Mr Johnson intervened in the row during a visit to a Devon shipyard.
He said: ‘I think it’s time we stopped our cringing embarrassment about our history, about our traditions, and about our culture, and we stopped this general fight of self-recrimination and wetness. I wanted to get that off my chest.’
Responding to a video of the PM, Mr Rees-Mogg wrote: ‘Britons must never be enslaved by political correctness.’
This appeared to anger Mr Coyle, who sent the abusive reply before later deleting it.
The MP also responded to a video of Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage singing Rule Britannia, saying: ‘If you didn’t hate it before, feel free to hate the song now. I’ve never known anyone but sh**lickers like it tbh [to be honest].’
This was also deleted.
Tory and Labour politicians united to criticise the BBC for its decision yesterday, with Sir Keir Starmer also wading in.
A Labour spokesman said the Proms was a ‘staple of the British summer’ and enjoying patriotic songs ‘was not a barrier to examining our past and learning lessons from it’.
MailOnline has launched a petition to the BBC’s Director General, Lord Hall, urging him to reverse the decision.
MailOnline has contacted his office for comment.