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Brent Central MP Dawn Butler apologises for wrongly accusing Costa Coffee of not paying tax

PUBLISHED: 14:38 21 April 2017 | UPDATED: 15:27 21 April 2017

Dawn Butler MP

Dawn Butler MP

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The Labour MP made the allegation during an BBC radio interview where she also struggled to explain her party’s policies.

A repentant Ms Butler admitted to the Kilburn Times today: “It wasn’t a great interview.”

Her seven-minute chat with Eddie Mair on Radio 4’s PM programme has been described by Tory critics as a “carcrash.”

During the interview she said Jeremy Corbyn had set out how Labour would tackle the “rigged system” in the UK economy.

She then hit out at firms that “don’t pay their full taxes in this country” and singled out coffee chain Costa.

Although she said that she could not say the company was doing so “definitively”.

The MP was trending on social media following the interview, where she later tweeted an apology to Costa.

In an interview today with the Kilburn Times, Ms Butler admitted: “It wasn’t a great interview. I wanted to talk about the Labour Party’s policies and the presenter wanted to compare Jeremy Corbyn to Donald Trump which I found particularly strange.

“I mistakenly mentioned Costa Coffee, I’ve apologised, they’ve accepted it and said it’s fine, it happens all the time. It was just an honest mistake.”

Costa Coffee replied to Ms Butler’s tweet saying: “Whoops! Thanks for the apology... Easy to mix up with those other ‘naughty’ coffee shops”

Defending herself against her critics Ms Butler added: “The thing about politics and politicians is that if we make a mistake we should acknowledge that mistake and apologise.

“That’s exactly what the Labour Party is talking about in this campaign.

“Theresa May and her government should apologise to the people of this country for the divisions that they have caused in the country and the mistakes that they have made.

“I wish she would apologise for calling an election when she promised she wouldn’t on seven different occasions.

“I wish they were as quick to apologise for things like the bedroom tax, universal credits, causing our doctors to go on strike. If only they had the balls to apologise.”

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