Anne Marie Morris has had the whip withdrawn by Conservative party chiefs, it has been confirmed. Prime Minister Theresa May has suspended the whip from her after she was recorded using the N-word at a meeting of eurosceptics in Central London.
Ms Morris described the UK leaving the EU without a deal as a “real n*****r in the woodpile” at the launch of a report into the future for the UK’s lucrative financial sector after Brexit.
Ms Morris, who is the Tory MP for Newton Abbot and has been since 2010, has apologised for the remarks.
She told Devon Live: “The comment was unintentional and I apologise unreservedly for any offence caused.”
But she has had the whip suspended meaning that although she remains an MP, she is no longer a Conservative MP.
Prime Minister Theresa May 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.”
An urgent investigation into the remarks had been launched by the Conservative Party. A spokesman for CCHQ said: “We are aware of these reports, this kind of language is completely unacceptable, and we are urgently investigating.”
The Party have now confirmed Conservative MP Anne Marie Morris has had the whip suspended after describing the prospect of leaving the European Union with no deal as “the real n*** in the woodpile”.
May has suspended whip from Anne Marie Morris – tory party confirms
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Theresa May 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.”
Ms Morris made the remark while discussing what financial services deal the UK could struck with Brussels after 2019.
After saying just seven per cent of financial services in the UK would be affected by Brexit, Morris, who campaigned to leave the EU, said: “Now I’m sure there will be many people who’ll challenge that, but my response and my request is look at the detail, it isn’t 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?”
It comes just after she was forced to distance herself from comments made by her electoral agent and partner at a hustings who claimed ‘that the crisis in education was due entirely to non-British born immigrants and their high birth rates’.
During the debate around education and fair funding of schools, a member of the public stood up and said: ‘that the crisis in education was due entirely to non-British born immigrants and their high birth rates’.