Erdington MP Jack Dromey caused a minor and brief Twitter storm on Friday.

The Labour MP and Shadow Police Minister was visiting Royal Mail workers at the sorting office in his constituency and tweeting some the photos he had taken the staff..

But when he called one of the workers Pikey, he found himself on the receiving end of heavy criticism.

 

One Twitter user @greg_jenner responded with: "I genuinely don't understand how he thinks that's okay, unless it's some fish-based angling in-joke."

However, Mr Dromey was quick to explain a misunderstanding, with a further tweet which read: "Don't panic, Mr Mainwaring. This morning's meeting was with Gareth, a Postie nicknamed after Corporal Pike from Dad's Army."