Police asked to investigate Birmingham MP after "pikey" tweet

Jack Dromey, MP for Erdington (Labour) Credit: PA

Police have been asked to investigate a senior Labour MP after he caused a storm on Twitter by referring to a postal worker as "the Pikey" in a message on the website.

Jack Dromey, the shadow police minister, quickly posted another message to say he was referring to Dad's Army's Frank Pike.'

But Tory MP David Morris has written to Metropolitan Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe claiming it was an "incident that may constitute incitement to racial hatred" and asking him to launch an inquiry.