Labour's leading light Chuka Umunna calls Londoners "trash"

Labour Business Secretary Chuka Umunna has been forced to apologise after embarassingly candid messages on an elite social network have come to light.

The messages on ASmallWorld, an exclusive online club founded by Swedish investment banker Count Erik Wachtmeister, will make for awkward reading as Chuka penned them just a few years before becoming MP for Streatham, South London in 2010.

Writing in July 2006, the leading Labour light, who was working as an employment lawyer, asked fellow members for tips on how to avoid the “trash and C-list wannabes” when clubbing out and about in London.

Members of ASmallWorld are said to include Tiger Woods and Naomi Campbell, with its membership described as “jetrosexuals”.

“Is it just me or is there a serious lack of cool places to go in central London at the weekends,” Umunna wrote, under his middle name “Harrison”.

“Most of the West End haunts seem to be full of trash and C-list wannabes, while other places that should know better opt for the cheesy vibe.”

Umunna asked for any suggestions for a “trash-free, decent night” in the capital.

Tory MP Chris Heaton-Harris said in response to the revelations about Umunna: “In public he likes to portray himself as a man of the people. Yet we know in private he has a lack of respect for the public.

“Chuka, or should I say Harrison, has been outed as the ultimate champagne socialist who revels in living the high life, brands the public C-list celebrities and trashes our capital city. You can’t get more out of touch than that.”

A spokesman for Umunna told the Daily Mail: ‘Chuka used the ASmallWorld social network in the past, which is similar to Facebook.

‘Though his user account on the site still exists, he has not posted a thread on the site for many years, since long before he was elected as a Member of Parliament.’

“In terms of the post from 2006, these were comments made on a private social network well over half a decade ago.

“Though light-hearted in tone and context, and made long before he became an MP, Chuka accepts the choice of words used were not appropriate and apologises if any offence may have been caused.

Readers' comments (1)

  • Anonymous

    Hey as you say this was before he got elected.
    So let bygones be bygones
    Now Lets talk about what he's said and lived upto since he got elected....
    Not a whole lot huh?
    well that says it all

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