Rebecca Winson and BBC apologise over disabled offence

Rebecca Winson, a trade union activist, and the BBC have both apologised after mocking a Conservative MP who is hard of hearing.

Alec Shelbrooke, the Conservative MP forĀ Elmet and Rothwell said:

“I am genuinely slightly deaf and struggle to hear. I had taken part in the debate and was trying to hear the wind ups. Seems a shame I get trolled due to being slightly deaf.”

After complaints were made over the comments BBC Newsbeat issued a Twitter comment stating:

“Very heartfelt apologies”

Rebecca Winson made a Twitter statement saying:

“I didn’t know Shelbrooke is partially deaf – have deleted tweet, and apologies to him and anyone offended”.