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Helen Goodman issues statement of apology

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Labour MP Helen Goodman has issued an official response following her Twitter row with Jeremy Hunt:

Last week Jeremy Hunt tried to justify the Tory tax credit cuts by saying, 'My wife is Chinese… are we going to be a country that is prepared to work hard in the way that Asian economies are prepared to work hard'?

My tweet was a follow up to his remarks, not an attack on his wife.

Like many other people I was appalled by his remarks because working conditions in China are terrible, there are no free trade unions and many human rights abuses.

I am sorry that I tactlessly offended some people and have apologised. I repeat, I am sincerely sorry for this."

– Helen Goodman MP