Sir Keir Starmer has failed to condemn Labour MP Nadia Whittome after she launched an attack on Rishi Sunak.
Earlier this week, Ms Whittome said that Mr Sunak’s appointment as Prime Minister is “not a win for diversity”.
The MP for Nottingham caused outrage after she said Mr Sunak, as Britain’s first Prime Minister of Asian heritage, was “not on your side”.
The tweet was deleted on Monday after Ms Whittome was contacted by Labour headquarters and urged to take it down.
A Labour spokesperson confirmed that the MP was told to delete the tweet, saying she is currently in talks with the party Chief Whip about what happens next.
Before being deleted, the tweet read: “Rishi Sunak as Prime Minister isn’t a win for Asian representation.
“He’s a multi-millionaire who, as chancellor, cut taxes on bank profits while overseeing the biggest drop in living standards since 1956.
“Black, white or Asian: if you work for a living, he is not on your side.”