Controversy struck Dudley councillor Pat Martin when her employer's overzealous email security system, made in US, objected to her use of the word 'faggots' in conversation with a pal.

She was summoned for a dressing-down by HR chiefs, who were unaware that she had been discussing traditional foodstuffs rather than spreading a message of hate.

The story echoes that possibly apocryphal tale about how a new email system at Scunthorpe council blocked all incoming traffic due to the town's name.