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Aidan Burley: Ceremony 'turned overtly political'

Speaking on Sky News, Tory MP Aidan Burley repeated his concerns that last night's London 2012 opening ceremony "turned into an overtly political ceremony."

"It's not just me that thinks there was a left-wing political bias," he added.

He also said there was too much emphasis on rap music, suggesting he would liked to have seen more of a role for the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.

Sir Paul McCartney closed the show with a rendition of Hey Jude.

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Labour MP responds to Burley's attack on 'leftie ceremony'

Labour MP David Winnick has responded to comments by a Tory MP, who insisted today that he had been misunderstood after sparking a major backlash by branding the Olympic opening ceremony "leftie multicultural crap".

Prime Minister David Cameron (left) with Conservative MP Aidan Burley, (right). Credit: Andrew Parsons/PA Wire

Mr Winnick said that a "period of silence" was needed on Aidan Burley's part. He added: "The fact of the matter is that his comments were totally inane, anti-British and at variance with the feeling of millions of people up and down the country over the success of last night's opening.

"A great number of people in Cannock, including many who voted for him, will be wishing they had a different MP."

MP: Tweet about multiculturalism was 'misunderstood'

In response to the online anger directed at his tweets about the Olympic Ceremony, the Conservative MP Aidan Burley has tweeted:

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Seems my tweet has been misunderstood. I was talking about the way it was handled in the show, not multiculturalism itself

He does not comment on criticism about him tweeting that it was "the most leftie opening ceremony I have ever seen."

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Football commentator challenges Tory MP at election

The former footballer turned commentator Stan Collymore has threatened to stand against Aidan Burley in the General Election after his comments on Twitter about the Olympic Ceremony:

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@aidanburleymp An embarrasment to the Cannock constituency.An absolute joke of an mp.Sooner we jettison you the better.

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@aidanburleymp I'll happily stand against you at the next election.You have no clue about our town or its people.Game on.

Online outrage after Tory MP's 'leftie Opening Ceremony' tweets

Tweeters have reacted angrily to a series of posts from the Conservative backbench MP Aidan Burley about the Olympic Opening Ceremony:

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The most leftie opening ceremony I have ever seen - more than Beijing, the capital of a communist state! Welfare tribute next?

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Thank God the athletes have arrived! Now we can move on from leftie multi-cultural crap. Bring back red arrows, Shakespeare and the Stones!

Conservative MP attacks 'most leftie opening ceremony'

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The most leftie opening ceremony I have ever seen - more than Beijing, the capital of a communist state! Welfare tribute next?

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Thank God the athletes have arrived! Now we can move on from leftie multi-cultural crap. Bring back red arrows, Shakespeare and the Stones!

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