A Labour MP has sparked outrage on Twitter by telling ex-Tory MP Louise Mensch that a "good wife doesn't disagree with her master in public".

Great Grimsby MP Austin Mitchell made the comment on Monday after Mensch was involved in a light hearted Twitter spat with her husband over the reason she quit politics.


Austin Mitchell
Shut up Menschkin.A good wife doesn't disagree with her master in public and a good little girl doesn't lie about why she quit politics

In response Mensch tweeted: "Stay classy, Labour." Before adding: "Lovely to see @AvMitchell2010 speaking for the Labour party on feminism. 'her master'? 'a good wife doesn't disagree with her master'? Nice."


Louise Mensch
Lovely to see speaking for the Labour party on feminism. "her master"? "a good wife doesn't disagree with her master"? Nice.


Louise Mensch
Can I have a repudiation from Ed Miliband please? My husband is my partner. And it's 2012.


Louise Mensch
No private company would tolerate a man saying "a good wife doesn't disagree with her master in public" Let's what Labour will do

Responding to the uproar on Twitter Mitchell replied: "Calm down dears. Irony may be a low form of wit but it's clearly above my level. And yours. So my wife has banned me from tweeting today."


Austin Mitchell
Calm down dears.Irony may be a low form of wit but it's clearly above my level.And yours.So my wife has banned me from tweeting today

The use of the phrase "calm down dears", which led to David Cameron being accused of sexism when he aimed it at Labour MPs, is unlikely to quell the row.

He was unavailable for comment when his office was contacted on Monday morning.

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  • Mark Ferguson

    .@AVMitchell2010 has to apologise - and quickly, or he looks like a misogynist http://t.co/45iiLA2w”

  • Charlene Legg

    RT @MissEllieMae: Has @Ed_Miliband disciplined Austin Mitchell for his tweet about Louise Mensch today? I'd like that guy chucked out of my party.

  • George Eaton

    A nasty slice of sexism from Austin Mitchell on @LouiseMensch http://t.co/v2nNG00g

  • Non-Sequitur.co.uk

    #tory DEMAND Resignation, Austin Mitchell, Labour MP for Grimsby

  • Harry Cole

    Well the award for most spectacularly offensive tweet this morning goes to Labour's Austin Mitchell: http://t.co/Alq13uc1

  • TonyCross

    I'm not quite sure what Austin Mitchell thought with that tweet but I suspect @LouiseMensch is about to hand him an almighty thwack