One of the rebel MPs who walked out of the Labour Party said she was “very tired” when she appeared to describe black people as having a “funny” tint or tinge.
Angela Smith said she “misspoke really badly”, and put her error down to hours of media activities when the breakaway group launched on Monday.
The Penistone and Stocksbridge MP said: “It’s not who I am.”
She told Sky News: “I never meant to say that. I misspoke really badly.