Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson has traded online blows with Dearne MP and shadow transport minister Michael Dugher, saying the motoring show is not made ‘for people who wear pink ties’.
Mr Dugher kicked the row off by describing Doncaster-born Clarkson as ‘basically an idiot’ who was ‘not remotely representative of motorists’.
Clarkson replied on Twitter, saying: ‘Labour’s transport spokesman says he doesn’t like Top Gear. Good. We don’t make it for people who wear pink ties’,
The Dearne MP replied by saying: ‘Obviously I wear red ties a lot. But what’s wrong with the occasional pink one?! What on earth might someone be implying...?’
The Labour MP is not the first politician to fall out with the controversial TV host - diplomats from Argentina, Mexico and India have all complained about the way their nations were portrayed on the show.
Last year ended with the BBC motoring show’s crew forced to flee Argentina after trouble erupted when it emerged they were using a Porsche with the registration number H982 FKL, which some people suggested could refer to the Falklands conflict of 1982.
2014 also saw the BBC put Clarkson on his final warning following a racism row after claims he used the n-word while reciting the nursery rhyme Eeny, Meeny, Miny Moe during filming of the BBC2 programme.
That led to Mr Dugher’s colleague, Harriet Harman, calling for the BBC to sack the presenter.