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Diane Abbott, the shadow health minister, has apologised after posting a Twitter comment about white people liking crap party games which has led to her being accused of racism. In a statement, Ms Abbott said:

I understand people have interpreted my comments as making generalisations about white people, and I apologise for any offence caused, but let’s face it, I’m right about party games like charades being crap, aren’t I?

She was ordered to apologise by the Labour leader, Ed Miliband, who issued a statement disowning her contentious remarks:

Like a lot of white people, I love playing crap games at parties, even completely and utterly woeful ones like hide and seek and charades, but it is wrong to make sweeping generalisations about white people not knowing how to have fun at parties, even if it’s true.

The row began when Abbott became involved in a discussion with one of her 26,000 followers on Twitter who said she objected to the generalisation that the “black community” was better at organising parties than white people.

Abbott responded with this message:

I understand the cultural point you are making. But white people love playing hide and seek. We should not play their game. Especially not charades.

And finally she said:

For Heaven’s sake, some white people think having a good time is doing the birdy dance. Most ethnic communities would never be seen dead doing things like that.

Abbott received backing from the former Labour MP George Galloway, who posted on Twitter:

Diane Abbott has been my friend for 25 years; and I can confirm, unlike most white people I know, she would never dream of doing anything remotely naff like dancing the conga or doing the hokey-cokey at a party.

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