Angela Rayner today challenged Boris Johnson to sit down with her after Tories were left furious with her for calling them “scum”.

The Mirror revealed how Ms Rayner told a late-night North West Labour reception: "We cannot get any worse than a bunch of scum, homophobic, racist, misogynistic, absolute vile [inaudible] Banana Republic, vile, nasty, Etonian [inaudible] piece of scum.”

Tory MPs voiced outrage, while Keir Starmer said they were not words he would use and he would be speaking to Ms Rayner.

But an unrepentant deputy leader tweeted today: “People seem to be far more concerned with my choice of language than the fact that @BorisJohnson has made comments that are racist, homophobic and sexist.

Mr Johnson once dubbed gay men "tank-topped bum boys", referred to black people as "piccaninnies with watermelon smiles", and wrote about "totty" at party conference.

In a 1995 Spectator column, the former journalist branded the children of single mothers "ill-raised, ignorant, aggressive and illegitimate”.

In the same column, he argued it was "feeble" for a man to be reluctant or unable to "take control of his woman."

He said it was “outrageous" that married couples should fund "'the single mothers' desire to procreate independently of men’”, and a way must be found to “restore women's desire to be married."

Ms Rayner tweeted: “ Boris Johnson also called the children of single mothers 'ignorant and illegitimate'.

Boris Johnson did not immediately take up her offer today.

In a 1995 Spectator column, Boris Johnson branded the children of single mothers "ill-raised, ignorant, aggressive and illegitimate” (


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Earlier Jeremy Corbyn said Angela Rayner did not need to apologise for branding the Tories “scum” as she was “saying what needs to be said”.

He said Ms Rayner, who served in his Shadow Cabinet, was "absolutely right to attack" the Government over the way it is treating people.

Shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves said she would not have called Boris Johnson's Government "scum" - but she claimed lots of people shared the sentiment.

"I understand why Angela Rayner's angry, we are all angry with what the Government are doing at our conference here in Brighton this week," Ms Reeves told Times Radio.

"I wouldn't use that language but I think that sentiment is shared by many people who are struggling at the moment, queuing for petrol, who are worried about cuts to Universal Credit next month and worried about increases in taxes next year."

One shadow minister told the Mirror: "I wouldn't have said it. It just makes us look daft."

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