Southend West's MP Sir David Amess has issued a clarification after a statement issued by his office appeared to criticise the "dubious" allegations made against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

In his latest statement, Sir David said: "Unfortunately, a press release was issued in my name from my office this morning which I had not seen or authorised. I was horrified when I read its contents, so I have sought to clarify the issue as soon as possible. I wish to make it perfect plain I abhor what Harvey Weinstein has been accused of and furthermore I think the way that he has allegedly treated some women is disgusting. I apologise for any upset that the original press release may have caused and I have now put instructions in place to prevent this happening again."

The original press release, which has been widely circulated on social media, quoted Sir David as saying: "The recent revelations that countless starlets have apparently been assaulted by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein are dubious to say the least.

"Whilst it has no doubt always been the case that some individuals have achieved their big break via the casting couch, this sudden flurry of alleged inappropriate advances beggars belief.

"Just as with the claims against Jimmy Saville here in the UK, why did no one say anything until now?"