A defiant Alex Scott has hit back at accusations from Lord Digby Jones that her accent and way of pronouncing certain words has 'spoilt' the BBC's Olympic coverage.

Women's football star turned Strictly contestant and One Show host Alex is one of a number of sporting experts currently on screen as the BBC delivers action from the delayed Tokyo Games.

The Games are now over a week old but one person who isn't a fan of Alex's accent is businessman and politician Lord Digby Jones, who launched into a social media tirade about her apparently inability to use the letter 'g' when pronouncing words.

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Taking to Twitter, he blasted: "Enough! I can’t stand it anymore! Alex Scott spoils a good presentational job on the BBC Olympics Team with her very noticeable inability to pronounce her ‘g’s at the end of a word.

"Competitors are NOT taking part, Alex, in the fencin, rowin, boxin, kayakin, weightliftin & swimmin,."

He added that both Alex and Sky political reporter Beth Rigby needed "elocution lessons."

It didn't long for Alex to pick up on Jones' criticism and issue a dignified but defiant reply.

BBC Olympic host Alex Scott fires back at criticism of her accent
BBC Olympic host Alex Scott fires back at criticism of her accent

Quoting Jones' tweet, she wrote: "I’m from a working class family in East London, Poplar, Tower Hamlets & I am PROUD. Proud of the young girl who overcame obstacles, and proud of my accent! It’s me, it’s my journey, my grit."

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" Never allow judgments on your class, accent, or appearance hold you back. Use your history to write your story. Keep striving, keep shining & don’t change for anyone."

She ended her reply in a powerful manner, by posting a quote from Maya Angelou beginning with the line 'You may shoot me with your words...' adding: "Tweets like this just give me the energy to keep going. See you tomorrow.. live on BBC baby"

Describing her response as 'the gold medal of tweets', one of her fans told her: "The haters will always hate - don’t waste your energy on the negatives. You are loved by the vast majority."

Another reacted: "People who judge folks for their accents are so cruel and snobby. You are right to be proud. Solidarity, Alex."

Lord Digby Jones has yet to respond further.