The Tripe Marketing Board has apologised to tripe retailers after an intern working on its Twitter feed committed the TMB to making a donation to the campaign to elect Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour Party earlier today.
TMB chairman Sir Norman Wrassle said: "This was an unauthorised tweet. The Tripe Marketing Board is - and must remain - strictly apolitical. We have suspended the individual concerned, but our legal department has advised us that we must honour the pledge. However distasteful I personally find the idea of Labour electing an anti-austerity leader, we will be obliged to donate £100 to Mr Corbyn's campaign if we do indeed reach 9,000 followers before 7pm on 26 July."
The apology came after a Tweet was issued at 5.45pm today saying
Sir Norman said he took some comfort from the fact that it was "extremely unlikely" that this would happen, although he noted that the odds of Mr Corbyn becoming Labour leader had dropped substantially since the 100/1 quoted some weeks ago. "I wish we had had a piece of that," he said.