The media needs to better reflect the society it represents, a Labour MP has said after the BBC misidentified her for a colleague.

Battersea MP Marsha de Cordova has called on the media regulator Ofcom to monitor the make-up of media workforces after she was misidentified as Labour colleague Dawn Butler (Brent Central) in a BBC clip last week.

She said the media is currently "a bit pale, a bit male and a bit stale".

The National: Marsha de CordovaMarsha de Cordova

This error was later compounded when, in reporting on the error, the Evening Standard used a mislabeled Getty Image picture of another Labour colleague Bell Ribeiro-Addy (Streatham).

On Monday, Parliament's own video stream misidentified Erith and Thamesmead MP Abena Oppong-Asare as Labour colleague Taiwo Owatemi (Coventry North West).

Shadow work and pensions minister de Cordova said people of colour will remain "invisible" as long as the media does not reflect modern society.

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She told MPs: "In the space of a few days three separate news outlets Getty Images, the BBC and the Evening Standard have confused me with another female black MP.

"And this wasn't the first time, as it has happened time and again to me and my other colleagues of colour in Parliament."

The National: Dawn ButlerDawn Butler

She added: "The message is clear. It doesn't matter how prominent, accomplished, integrated, qualified or celebrated non-white people become to a significant number of others, including their peers, they will always just be another black person."

"In the eyes of much of the media, it is impossible for me to have my own identity outside of being a black woman in that sense. I am invisible to them," she said.

De Cordova cited a study by the City University and the Sutton Trust which showed that 94% of journalists are white and only 0.2% are black.

"There are eight million black and ethnic minority people in this country and 14 million disabled people, but neither group is given a proper voice in our media," she said.

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De Cordova added: "It is time that Ofcom introduces a regulatory mechanism to monitor the make-up of all the workforces on-screen and off-screen.

"We must not be afraid to say it, that our media is, as is many other areas and sectors in our society, it is a bit pale it is a bit male and it is a bit stale."

Responding for the Government, culture minister Nigel Adams said the media needs to better reflect Britain's diversity.

The National: Nigel Adams MP

He added: "Unfortunately the experience of the honourable member for Battersea (de Cordova) is not the first of its kind and is unlikely to be the last.

"There have been a number of other high profile examples including recently when the basketball player Kobe Bryant was mistaken for LeBron James during a BBC news report and the musician Stormzy – he's been previously mistaken for the former Manchester United player Romelu Lukaku.

"But in addition to these other negative experiences which have been raised here by the honourable lady, these examples all point to a wider issue directly linked to, and she rightly points out, a lack diversity in our media.

"The media plays a vital role in British society and therefore it has an important responsibility to reflect the reality of modern Britain."