|Sir Norman Wrassle|
"The comments were totally unintentional. I apologise unreservedly for any offence caused," he said, adding that he had merely been responding to a question from the audience.
Sir Norman was happy to acknowledge that his description of vegans as "pasty-faced retards who ponce around wearing tofu-stained jumpers" was potentially offensive to some people - particularly pale-faced, tofu-eating jumper wearers - but he maintained that his comments were taken out of context. "I hope this does not put people off trying tripe - that was the last thing I intended," he said.