Amber Rudd has inexplicably referred to Diane Abbott as a “coloured woman”.
The Work and Pensions secretary used the outdated and offensive term when discussing abuse suffered by politicians.
Speaking on the Jeremy Vine Show, Ms Rudd told the BBC that female politicians receive worse abuse and that it is particularly bad for those who are BAME.
It comes after the cabinet minister featured in a video reading out some of the abuse she receives on Twitter.
Asked if it is worse for women, she replied: “It is worse if you’re a woman and it’s worst of all if you’re a coloured woman – I know that Diane Abbott gets a huge amount of abuse and I think that’s something that we need to continue to call out.”
Diane Abbott replied on Twitter: “The term ‘coloured’, is an outdated, offensive and revealing choice of words.”
Labour MP Danielle Rowley tweeted: “Amber Rudd undermining an important point about online abuse by referring to Diane Abbott as a “coloured woman” on BBCRadio2.
“She clearly gets her language from the same bygone era as her abhorrent welfare policies.”
Within an hour of the remarks, Amber Rudd tweeted: “Mortified at my clumsy language and sorry to Diane Abbott.
“My point stands: that no one should suffer abuse because of their race or gender.”