Shadow media minister Helen Goodman has apologised after labeling female conservative ministers as "puppets" whose most interesting asset was their taste in clothes.
Goodman dismissed complaints about newspaper The Mail's decision to print a "catwalk" spread showing outfits of women promoted in the recent Cabinet reshuffle.
She posted on Twitter: "Mail's page on Tory women was fair: all are puppets who'll change nothing and their appearance really is most interesting thing about them."
But after facing a barrage of criticism, a full apology was issued.
"I was wrong in what I tweeted about Tory women ministers and I apologise to them unreservedly," Goodman said.