A journalist has lamented the lack of proper vetting on Labour's candidate in the Stoke by-election, Gareth Snell, after a series of tweets he sent about Diane Abbott and other women were published.
Snell has recently apologised after a series of offensive tweets about Abbott and a number of other female personalities, including the presenters of Loose Women, appeared on the Guido Fawkes website.
He also apologised for a tweet where he said Deirdre from Coronation Street deserved a “a good slap”.
Harry Cole, The Sun's Westminster correspondent, said the situation was getting "a bit embarrassing" in an interview with Julia Hartley-Brewer
He said: "I can’t remember any by-election candidate who has had to apologise for their behaviour twice in one day.
"You just think, has any basic vetting been done on this guy? Any normal political party to become a government in the next [few] years would have structures in place for people they let stand under their banner.
“It’s like they’re trying to lose this seat. Corbyn’s already hamstrung Labour in the heartlands like Stoke and then they put up this guy who has appeared to suffer a bad case of verbal diarrhea.
"It's all getting a bit embarrassing."
Some Labour supporters are hopeful, however. Yesterday Labour List editor Peter Edwards told talkRADIO that UKIP candidate Paul Nuttall was "unattractive" and this could allow Labour to win the seat.
The full list of candidates in the Stoke by-election is as follows:
Mohammed Akram – Independent
Dr Zulfiqar Ali – Liberal Democrat
Jack Brereton – Conservative
Adam Colclough – Green Party
Godfrey Davies – Christian Peoples Alliance
Barbara Fielding – Independent
David Furness – British National Party
Paul Nuttall – Ukip
Gareth Snell - Labour
The Flying Brick – Monster Raving Loony Party
The polls open for the next representative for Stoke on February 23rd.