MP apologises for foul language at protest

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SOUTH Yorkshire MP Denis MacShane has apologised for swearing on a megaphone during a counter-demonstration against the English Defence League march.

The Labour politician, who represents Rotherham, used foul language at the Unite Against Fascism rally on Saturday.

The event took place at the same time as a demonstration by the far right EDL.

Barry Payling, of Rawmarsh, who was showing Australian friends around Rotherham town centre, has complained to police and Rotherham Council said: “He could have provoked the EDL and caused serious trouble.”

Mr MacShane’s spokesman said: “He apologises to the visitors who took offence and would be happy to take them around the House of Commons to make up for it.”