Labour MP jokes on Twitter that Susan Boyle caused swine flu

Labour MP Sion Simon was left with egg on his face following an ill-timed joke he made on Twitter. The 40-year-old MP for Birmingham posted a humorous message linking the Britain's Got Talent contestant Susan Boyle with the spread of swine flu.

"I'm not saying Susan Boyle causes swine flu. I'm just saying nobody had swine flu, she sang on tv, people got swine flu," the tweet read. But the message went down like a lead balloon with Mr Simon's followers on the popular mini-blogging site.

The MP deleted the message and apologized for any offence caused: "Earlier I repeated a joke that was in poor taste, which I now regret. I apologise wholeheartedly for any distress or embarrassment caused."

It's not the first time that Mr Simon has hit the headlines for all of the wrong reasons. Back in 2006 he was criticized for posting a YouTube video in which he lampoons the Conservative party leader David Cameron.

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