West Derby candidate Ian Byrne shared a message on Facebook about Baroness Michelle More, the founder of underwear range Ultimo, which used numerous expletives to condemn the veteran Tory for betraying her working class roots. The posts, which have since been deleted, also targeted housing minister Esther McVey and Prince William, LBC has revealed. Mr Byrne has issued a statement apologising for the comments and his Facebook account has since been deleted.
The Labour candidate said Ms MsVey, who is at risk of losing her Tatton seat, was a “b*****d… and soon to be gone”.
Mr Byrne also attacked Prince William, having called the royal a “horse faced t**t” in 2014.
The revelations has caused some social media to call for Mr Byrne's resignation, with one person writing: "Time to stand down #IanByrne those comments aren't welcome in Liverpool #NotMyMP."
Liz Truss, Minister for Women and Equalities, said: “These comments from a man who is set to become a Labour MP are disgusting and sexist. The use of such malicious language has no place in our public discourse.
Labour party candidate Ian Byrne has been condemned for damning Facebook posts (Image: Getty/PA)
Ian Byrne was selected for the Labour safe-seat last month (Image: Ian Byrne/Twitter)
“Female MPs face daily threats of violence on social media and we should be doing everything we can to stamp it out. Mr Byrne should step down immediately.”
The Labour hopeful, who was narrowly selected to the Labour safe-seat last month, has apologised for the online comments but Jeremy Corbyn has been criticised as he appeared to publicly endorse the candidate at a rally in Manchester.
Mr Bryne stood in the background as the Labour leader said he was "very proud" of party figure, "some of whom are standing behind me".
In his election leaflet, Mr Byrne was endorsed by shadow cabinet members, including John McDonnell, Laura Pidcock and Richard Burgon.
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Ian Byrne has apologised for the offensive comments (Image: PA)