A BARNSLEY MP has been involved in a heated Twitter row with Jeremy Clarkson.

Michael Dugher, MP for Barnsley East, is Labour's shadow transport minister and described the Top Gear presenter by describing him as 'basically an idiot' who was 'not remotely representative of motorists'.

Clarkson replied on Twitter, saying: "Labour's transport spokesman says he doesn't like Top Gear. Good. We don't make it for people who wear pink ties."

Mr Dugher went on to say he hardly ever watched the hit BBC show, and described the Top Gear presenters as 'a bunch of old blokes wearing jeans and sports jackets'.

He said: "I was asked a straight question and, perhaps unusually for a politician, I gave a straight answer and said what I really thought."