The chairman of the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee has apologised offence caused by a tweet about loyalist bonfires.
Senior Conservative MP Simon Hoare has since deleted the post on Twitter that said: Who knew William of Orange arrived in Ireland with hundreds of wooden pallets hence the traditional pallet burning fiesta began.
The tweet was criticised by members of the loyalist community and was deleted soon afterwards, before Mr Hoare issued an apology.
He said on Twitter: Earlier I posted a Tweet which was never intended to cause the offence it has to some in NI.
I want to say fully &unequivocally that I am sorry. I intended only to be humorous/tongue in cheek & I got it wrong.
I hope my apology will be accepted. It is sincere & heartfelt.
Among those to respond to the apology were Ulster Unionist Party leader Doug Beattie, who wrote Thats fair Simon followed by three hand-clapping emojis.
Earlier I posted a Tweet which was never intended to cause the offence it has to some in NI. I want to say fully & unequivocally that I am sorry. I intended only to be humorous/tongue in cheek & I got it wrong. I hope my apology will be accepted. It is sincere & heartfelt
Simon Hoare MP (@Simon4NDorset)
July 5, 2021