Shadow health minister Diane Abbott is facing calls to resign over controversial comments posted on the social networking website Twitter. The Labour MP wrote: “White people love playing ‘divide and rule’. We should not play their game.” The remark came during an online conversation with a freelance journalist in the wake of the sentencing of two men for the racially-aggravated murder of Stephen Lawrence.
The boxer Amir Khan has alleged an unidentified man ‘interfered’ with ringside officials during a World Title match last month. In a series of tweets, he claims the fight supervisor for the World Boxing Association Michael Welsh can be seen apparently being disturbed by a man in a blue shirt and hat sitting to his left. Amir lost the fight and two light-welterweight titles to Lamont Peterson in Washington DC.
Ryan Giggs has been named by an MP in the House of Commons as the person identified on Twitter in the context of injunctions. Birmingham MP John Hemming gave the footballer’s name when speaking about injunctions in Parliament. He spoke after a group of newspapers failed in its bid to lift an injunction which banned the naming of the Premier League footballer who had a “sexual relationship” with a reality TV star.