A British Member of Parliament has been forced to apologise after a sarcastic tweet referenced the Chinese nationality of the UK health secretary’s wife.

Helen Goodman, Labour Party MP for Bishop Auckland, tweeted: “If China is so great, why did Jeremy Hunt’s wife come to England?”

The comment came after the Conservative minister suggested that recent tax credit cuts should encourage British citizens to work as hard as people in China and the US.

Prime Minister David Cameron defended Hunt’s comments saying he was “widely misquoted”.


Goodman’s tweet drew wide condemnation other political parties and her own Labour party.

A Labour Party spokesperson said: “This does not represent the views of the Labour party. Helen will be reminded of her responsibilities as an elected Labour politician.”

Hunt, MP for South West Surrey, and wife Lucia. Photo: Jeremyhunt.org

Goodman deleted the tweet and posted an apology.

Tom is the editor-in-chief and founder of Hong Kong Free Press. He has a BA in Communications and New Media from Leeds University and an MA in Journalism from the University of Hong Kong. He has contributed to the BBC, Euronews, Al-Jazeera and others.