|Sir Norman Wrassle|
The tweets, using the hashtag #OwenSmithAFilm, were issued by an intern who was covering the TMB's @TripeUK Twitter account during the Saturday night shift. The hashtag was quickly picked up by a large number of other tweeters and, shortly after midnight, the topic was 'trending' in the UK.
Speaking from his Lytham home earlier today, Sir Norman said he was disappointed, but stressed that these were the actions of one rogue individual and did not reflect the TMB's stance on the leadership election. "The intern involved has been suspended, pending a further inquiry, and her details have been passed to Labour's Compliance Unit so that they can look into the matter further," he said.
Sir Norman said he wished Mr Smith luck in the contest against Mr Corbyn. "Anyone who loves tripe will want to see Owen take over the reins of the Labour Party. Owen has publicly identified himself as the austerity candidate and, as we all know, tripe is the perfect austerity foodstuff," he said.