Carol Thatcher has insisted she does not regret the remarks which led to her being sacked from The One Show in February.

Speaking on the Andrew Marr Show on BBC1 on Sunday, she defended the off-air comment, in which she referred to a black tennis player as a ‘golliwog’, that was responsible for her sacking.

The 55-year-old – a former winner of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! – said “I don’t regret using the word, because I used it in a context which wasn’t actually appreciated at the time.”

“The point about the mail was today’s obsession about political correctness – and that remains a topic that has to be addressed and some common sense injected to it.”

She added that she has received many letters of support since the incident. “My store of golliwog fridge magnets has actually now gone up because people have sent them to me,” she said.

However former Labour leader Neil Kinnock, who was also a guest on the show, criticised Thatcher for her use of the word.

“The one thing that struck me when I heard you had used that word – and stuck by the word – is astonishment,” he pointed out.

“I did not think someone like you would consciously use the word. Not because of political correctness – but merely out of common courtesy.”

More than 3000 people complained to the BBC following Thatcher’s dismissal from The One Show, but the BBC defended its decision, saying she had been given “ample time to apologise”.