Deputy Labor Leader Angela Rayner “unreservedly” apologized for the comments made at her party’s conference, where she called the Conservatives “scum.”
The congressman initially backed up her remarks by saying she would apologize when the prime minister apologized for his past comments.
However, in a Facebook post, Rayner said she reflected on “our political debate” and the “abuses that now seem to be happening all too often.”
She added that in the future she would be “more attentive” to her language.
Her comments came after a man was convicted of sending a threatening email telling her to “watch your back and the children.”
Benjamin Iliffe, from Cambridgeshire, was sentenced to 15 weeks in prison, suspended for 18 months.
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Rayner said the threats she had recently received were “terrifying and outspoken” and had a “devastating impact on me, my children and others close to me.”
Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer said it was “shocking and frightening” that Ms. Rayner was subjected to threats.
“Solidarity with Angela from me and from the whole party,” he added.
Last month it was reported that Ms. Rayner called conservative ministers “a bunch of scum” and described the prime minister as a “racist and homophobic misogynist”.
Asked if she would withdraw her remarks, Ms. Rayner said: “I will apologize when Boris apologizes for saying the comments he made, I will retract that it is scum.”
In a social media post published Thursday evening, Ms. Rayner said she had “reflected on what I said at an event at the Labor Party conference.”
“I was angry about where our country is headed and the policies that have made life more difficult for so many people I represent.
“But I would like to apologize unreservedly for the language I used and would not use it again.
“I will continue to have my say, defend Labor values and ask the government to account, but in the future I will be more careful how I do it and in the language I choose.”
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