Ashton MP has last word in accent row
MP Angela Rayner shut down a Twitter troll after he gave her a hard time about her accent.
The man – whose account has since been deleted – accused the politician of not being able to ‘speak English properly’ during an appearance on The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday morning.
Ms Rayner, who represents Ashton-under-Lyne, had been on the politics show discussing an increase in violence in Britain.
The shadow education secretary told Marr: “When the Home Secretary sticks her head in the sand and suggests that losing 21,000 police officers off our streets doesn’t have an effect, then I think that’s a very naive position.”
Ms Rayner grew up on Bridgehall Council estate in Stockport and has a broad northern accent.
The Andrew Marr show shared a clip on Twitter, prompting one user to reply: “I do hope this woman doesn’t become responsible for education, she can’t even speak English properly.”
But the Labour frontbencher was quick to respond and defend her northern accent, promptly shutting the tweeter down telling them she would ‘not be changing’ the way she speaks.
She wrote: “A nice comment, I can confirm I will not be changing the way I speak and I am happy with my accent.
“The vast majority of my constituents who I represent have a similar accent to me, I think regional accents are to be celebrated, one particular favourite is the North-East accent.”
Her reply was met with praise and support from thousands, with more than 3,400 likes and 800 plus retweets.
Fellow Twitter user Nick Rosenthal said: “I am profoundly shocked that anyone should think a person’s ability can be judged by their accent.
“His comments say far more about him than they do about you, Angela.”
Dianne Hatton wrote: “You go girl, I love the accent.”
Another person added: “Good grief. This Cockney understand you perfectly, Angela. You’re the bees knees.”
Ms Rayner was elected to serve Ashton-underLyne in 2015 and was the first woman MP in the constituency’s 180-year history. She grew up in Wythenshawe and was pregnant at 16, leaving school with no qualifications.
The 38-year-old, who welcomed her first grandchild last year, later went back to study at Stockport College, before securing a job as a care worker with Stockport Council.
l● Shadow Education secretary Angela Rayner