Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

MP's Foul Rant at Miliband's New Role

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

MP's Foul Rant at Miliband's New Role

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Byline: Andy Hughes

ALEADING politician came under fire last night after launching a foul-mouthed attack on David Miliband for joining the board of Sunderland AFC.

South Shields MP Mr Miliband is set to join Sunderland in a non-executive post on a reputed pounds 50,000 a year salary.

Hours after the announcement was made public, leader of the Conservative Party for South Tyneside Council David Potts wrote on social networking site Twitter: "Miliband takes on Sunderland football role. If I knew he was that cheap I'd have offered him 50K years ago. What a w****r." Coun Potts, Tory representative of the Cleadon and East Boldon ward, then went on to label Mr Miliband a "cab for hire", and even offered him pounds 1,000 to "teach my girlfriend how to cook".

When The Journal contacted ABUDavid Coun Potts he said: "Well he is a w****r. He couldn't care less about South Shields.

"I have made an offer to give him pounds 1,000 in cash if he can teach my girlfriend how to cook."

Condemnation of Coun Potts' online barrage came from all quarters last night, including his own party.

A Conservative Party spokesman said: "Football often raises strong emotions, but language like this is clearly unacceptable in political debate."

Labour leader of South Tyneside Council Iain Malcolm said last night: "The comments are clearly outrageous from a senior public figure like Coun Potts, he should withdraw them from his twitter account and apologise to David Miliband." Jane Branley, leader of South Tyneside Independent Alliance, said: "I was astonished to learn how Coun Potts has described David Miliband. No matter what Coun Potts' personal opinion is of the MP for Potts South Shields, his choice of words says more about him than the MP."

Mr Miliband, 45, has been linked with several positions outside politics since he was beaten to the Labour leadership by younger brother Ed. …

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