Shadow justice secretary Sadiq Khan posted the joke made by Lord Kinnock about Ongar MP Eric Pickles on Twitter

The 'witty' letter was posted on Twitter this week

The 'witty' letter was posted on Twitter this week

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A senior Labour MP has apologised to Ongar MP Eric Pickles for posting a joke on Twitter about him dying.

Shadow justice secretary Sadiq Khan tweeted the private letter he had received by former party leader Lord Kinnock about sponsoring him in the up-and-coming marathon.

Kinnock joked that Mr Khan should persuade the Conservative local communities secretary to run the marathon "so we have a helpful by-election".

Mr Khan later deleted the message and apologised to Mr Pickles.

Yesterday the Tooting MP tweeted: 'Profuse apologies to @EricPickles – I have spoken to him to apologise & am sorry. Inappropriate tweet.'

Pickles responded: 'Happy to accept @SadiqKhan apology for an inappropriate tweet. So far as I am concerned the matter is closed.'


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