A Midland MP has clashed with television chef Antony Worrall Thompson after the celebrity lashed out against Poles working in Britain.
Mr Worral Thompson, who was born in Stratford, is the presenter of Saturday Kitchen and a regular guest chef on Ready Steady Cook.
He was at the centre of controversy when he claimed Eastern European waiters working in British restaurants lacked the knowledge of English and skills they needed, and suggested they should not qualify for the minimum wage.
Although he has partially apologised for the comments, he provoked the ire of MP Daniel Kawczynski (Con Shrewsbury and Atcham), whose family fled Poland in the 1940s after it was invaded by Germany.
In a speech in the House of Commons, Mr Kawczynski argued that Britain's historic relationship with Poland created an opportunity for the two countries to form a partnership within the European Union.
By working together, they could end French and German dominance of the EU, he said.
"I was dismayed, irritated and angry to read what was said by the chef Antony Worrall Thompson," he said.
"The rather diminutive Mr Worrall Thompson - I think that that is the most polite term I can find to describe him - was rude and condescending about Polish people in this country.
"He said they spoke poor English and were poor waiters. I believe they are very hardworking people, and I hope that the Minister will say when he responds to the debate how hard-working they are and how wrong Mr Worrall Thompson is to criticise them."
The MP added: "I passionately believe that the United Kingdom - the fourth largest economy in the world and a major military power - has the opportunity, within my generation, to become the leading partner in the EU and to take control of the future strategy and vision of the EU.
"However, it needs strategic, key allies - junior partners - in order to be able to play that leading role. Poland is one of the key allies that I believe we need." Poland remembered Britain's support during the war and ill-feeling about the German invasion still existed, he said.
Foreign Office Minister Kim Howells said Polish workers played an important role in Britain's economy. "We were, along with Ireland and Sweden, the only countries that offered Polish workers free passage to move and work.
"Now, I notice that a great queue of European countries is trying to do the same, because if there is one thing that we have begun to understand, it is that if we are to compete in the world economy, we must have the skills to do so."