Sports presenter Alex Scott has hit back at a Lord who claims she is ruining the BBC’s coverage of the Olympics because of her East London accent.
Lord Digby Jones, a crossbench peer in the House of Lords, tweeted on Friday that he ‘couldn’t stand it any more’ and that the former England international footballer ‘needs elocution lessons’.
Ms Scott, a former Olympian and MBE holder, didn’t take the criticism lying down, however.
Lord Jones, who served as a trade minister under Gordon Brown, tweeted: “Alex Scott spoils a good presentational job on the BBC Olympics Team with her very noticeable inability to pronounce her ‘g’s at the end of a word.
“Competitors are NOT taking part, Alex, in the fencin, rowin, boxin, kayakin, weightliftin & swimmin.
“She’s hot on the heels of Beth Rigby at Sky [and] the Home Secretary for God’s sake! Can’t someone give these people elocution lessons?
“I fear that it may be aped by youngsters along the lines of the use of the moronic interrogative originally caused by Neighbours; on behalf of the English language. Help!”
Ms Scott tweeted back that she is “proud of the young girl who overcame obstacles.”
“I’m from a working class family in East London, Poplar, Tower Hamlets & I am PROUD.
“Proud of the young girl who overcame obstacles, and proud of my accent! It’s me, it’s my journey, my grit.”
Ms Scott was awarded an MBE in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to football after making 140 appearances for the England women’s national football team and representing Great Britain at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
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