The Staffordshire MP who described the Olympics opening ceremony as “leftist multicultural crap” on Twitter has stood by his comments.
Aidan Burley, Conservative MP for Cannock Chase, said he was referring to the “trite” way multiculturalism was represented - not multiculturalism itself - and was prompted to make his comments by “all these rappers” who took part.
It is unclear who he was referring to as the ceremony saw a number of live performances and recordings from British pop and rock stars over the decades, with Dizzee Rascal the only artist who could be described as a rapper - one of the UK’s biggest selling artists of the past decade and born and bred in east London.
“I wasn’t having a go at multiculturalism itself, I was having a go at the rather trite way, frankly, it was represented in the opening ceremony,” he told the BBC.
He admitted his tweets might not help his career but said he "welcomed the debate".
“We all love the NHS but really for all the people watching overseas, 20 minutes of children and nurses jumping on beds, that seems quite strange,” the MP added.
“And then we had all these rappers - that is what got me to the point about multiculturalism.”
London Mayor Boris Johnson added his voice to a barrage of criticism that has come Mr Burley's way, dismissing the comments as “nonsense”.
Visiting the Olympic Park on the first day of the Games, Mr Johnson said: “It was actually the truth about this country in the last two or three hundred years told in a big, dynamic way.
“People say it was all leftie stuff. That is nonsense. I’m a Conservative and I had hot tears of patriotic pride from the beginning. I was blubbing like Andy Murray.”
He added: “The thing I loved was the heavy political stuff. I loved the emergence of the urban proletariat and the rise of the chimneys and the forging of the ring.”
Another Tory MP, Gavin Barwell wrote on Twitter: “@AidanBurleyMP with respect, us Londoners are rather proud of the diversity of our city #nothingleftwingaboutit.”
Downing Street moved quickly to distance Mr Cameron from the comments, with a senior source saying simply: “We do not agree with him.”
Mr Burley was touted as a Tory rising star when he won Cannock Chase seat in 2010 with a huge swing from Labour.
However, he lost his job as a parliamentary private secretary when details emerged of a stag do he attended in the skiing resort of Val Thorens last December.
One guest was alleged to have dressed in an SS uniform while others were said to have chanted Nazi slogans.
Mr Burley, who is being investigated by French police over the incident, has repeatedly apologised for being present at the event but denied behaving badly himself or breaking the law.
The Olympic opening ceremony, in which the Queen had a starring role, featured a diverse cast including James Bond star Daniel Craig and JK Rowling, merging music, dance and special effects into a spectacular opening.
The world-wide audience was treated to a greatest hits medley of British pop over the decades with bursts of the Beatles, the Jam, Sex Pistols and Dizzee Rascal.
There were also excerpts from The Kinks, Frankie Goes To Hollywood and Mud’s Tiger Feet, before Emeli Sande sang FA Cup Final hymn Abide With Me.