Emma Dent Coad has been accused of writing a “racist” article in a 2010 blog piece

A Labour MP accused of writing a “racist” article about a London Assembly member has apologised for “any offence caused”.

Emma Dent Coad

Ms Dent Coad told BBC Radio London she had been quoting “an Afro-Carribean” constituent in her blog.

Mr Bailey urged the Labour leadership “to take the strongest disciplinary action possible” against Ms Dent Coad.

In a letter to Jeremy Corbyn, Mr Bailey called the apology “cowardly”.

Mr Bailey said: “Despite her claims, she can provide no evidence that I or anyone else used the horrendous terms she advocated.”

In the article Ms Dent Coad called Shaun Bailey the “‘token ghetto boy’ standing behind D Cameron”

In the piece Ms Dent Coad claimed Mr Bailey, who was a parliamentary candidate for Hammersmith, had “stigmatised” the area he was born in by referring to it as a “ghetto”.

“Who can say where this man will ever fit in, however hard he tries? One day he is the ‘token ghetto boy’ standing behind D Cameron, the next ‘looking interested’ beside G Osborne. Ever felt used?”, she wrote.

Speaking on the Vanessa Feltz breakfast show on BBC London, Ms Dent Coad said: “If [Mr Bailey] is offended, I apologise.”

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