NEWTON ABBOT MP Anne Marie Morris has had the Government whip removed from her and been urged to resign by senior political figures after making a racist remark.
The Tory MP, whose constituency includes parts of Dawlish, is a strong Brexiteer, and at a meeting of Eurosceptics in London on Monday she described the UK leaving the European Union without a deal as the ‘real n****r in the woodpile’.
Ms Morris quickly issued an unreserved apology for the remark but that did little to defuse the storm which followed her comment.
Prime Minister Theresa May was drawn into the argument when questioned in the House after the storm began. She said: ‘I was shocked to hear of these remarks, which are completely unacceptable.
‘I immediately asked the chief whip to suspend the party whip.
‘Language like this has absolutely no place in politics or in today’s society.’
Removing the whip means Ms Morris is no longer sitting as a Conservative MP, but as an independent.
Marie Chadwick, who contested Ms Morris’ Newton Abbot seat in last month’s General Election, took to Twitter to slam her.
The Lib Dem said: ‘Anne Marie Morris is a disgrace.
‘Her agent was openly racist during the election and now this – she must resign.’
During the campaign her partner Roger Kendrick had blamed the crisis in the British education system on immigrants and their high birth rates.
Newton Abbot Elects, a Twitter account set up during the General Election campaign to analyse the candidates, said: ‘She is actually more racist than her partner/agent.’
Ms Morris was speaking at a meeting to discuss the financial consquences of leaving the EU.
Saying only seven per cent of financial service would be affected she went on to say:?‘I’m sure there will be many people who will challenge that.
‘My response is look at the detail. It’s not all doom and gloom.
‘Now we get to the real n****r in the woodpile which is, in two years, what happens if there is no deal?’
Leading political figures expressed disbelief at the MP’s remark.
Former Lib?Dem leader Tim Farron said: ‘This disgusting comment belongs in the era of the Jim Crow laws and has no place in our Parliament.
‘Every hour they leave her in place, is a stain on them and the so-called “compassionate Conservatism” they espouse.
‘I am utterly shocked that this person represents the good people of Newton Abbot.’
Green Party joint leader Caroline Lucas tweeted:?‘Appalling. No place in our politics for racism, full stop.’
Despite numerous approaches to Ms Morris’ office asking for a comment, by the time of going to press the Dawlish Gazette had not received a reply.