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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn stepped into the racism row engulfing Newton Abbot MP Anne Marie Morris. Mr Corbyn was asked about the row when he appeared at the annual Tolpuddle Martyrs Rally in Dorset at the weekend.

Ms Morris is currently suspended from the Tory party after dropping a highly offensive racist phrase into a discussion about Brexit. Her words were recorded, published and catapulted her into worldwide headlines last week. She did not hold her regular constituency surgery at the Passmore Edwards Centre in Newton Abbot on Thursday.

Journalists were told the surgery had been called off, but it was later reported that it had been held elsewhere at a secret location after ‘advice’ had been received. It was not clear who had given the ‘advice’.


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Mr Corbyn was interviewed by the BBC at Tolpuddle and asked for his reaction to the furore surrounding the Newton Abbot MP.

“What was she thinking about when she used those kind of words at the very time when we are talking about less abuse in public life?” he asked. “I think it’s up to the Tory party to deal with her, and deal with her in the strongest possible way.”


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Ms Morris hit headlines worldwide when she was recorded describing 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. She has since apologised for the remarks, saying: “The comment was unintentional and I apologise unreservedly for any offence caused.”

But she has had the whip suspended by the Conservative Party, which means that although she is still an MP, she is no longer a Conservative MP. Local Tories have said they support her, and have described the issue as ‘a storm in a teacup’. However, there have also been calls for her to resign.

Under-fire MP Anne Marie Morris cancels Newton Abbot surgery

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Under-pressure Newton Abbot MP Anne-Marie Morris was absent from her planned surgery in the town on Thursday morning. The Conservative MP, who has been stripped of the party whip after being recorded making a racist remark, had been due to meet constituents at one of her regular sessions at the Passmore Edwards Centre.

However, there was no sign of Ms Morris at the centre, where staff said the surgery had been called off. There was no news of the cancellation on Ms Morris’ website ahead of the surgery. Her Twitter feed has not been updated since the n-word controversy broke, and neither has her Facebook page.

However, it is understood that around a dozen people had made appointments to see her on Thursday morning, and they had all been notified of the cancellation.

TV crews and journalists milled around outside the centre, which also houses the town’s library.

Ms Morris hit headlines worldwide when she was recorded describing 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. She has since apologised for the remarks, saying: “The comment was unintentional and I apologise unreservedly for any offence caused.”

But she has had the whip suspended by the Conservative Party, which means that although she is still an MP, she is no longer a Conservative MP. Local Tories have said they support her, and have described the issue as ‘a storm in a teacup’. However, there have also been calls for her to resign.


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There was support for Ms Morris outside the centre as the clock ticked around to the surgery opening time of 11am with no sign of the star of the show.

Local backer Martin Warne, a member of Northern Ireland’s balance-of-power-holding Democratic Unionist Party, described himself as Anne Marrie Morris’ staunchest supporter. He said he wasn’t surprised that she had cancelled the surgery after ‘all the negative publicity and unfair criticism’.

“She said something unfortunate and she regrets it,” he said. “The reaction has been totally out of proportion. It has been hostile, it has been a lot of negative publicity and grossly unfair criticism for an unfortunate comment.


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“It was an outdated comment which I’m sure Anne Marie immediately regretted, and has apologised for. It certainly hasn’t weakened her position in one of the strongest seats in England.

“There have been a few calls for her to resign as MP from a few people, but there are 28,635 reasons for her to stay, and I believe she will.”

The 28,635 figure is the number of people who voted for Anne Marie Morris in the Newton Abbot constituency in the recent General Election.

Other supporters also made their voices heard. Steve Brookes said he had come to show his support in Latin, saying ‘nil desperandum’, or do not despair, and ‘illegitimi non carborundum’, or don’t let the bastards grind you down.

He added: “This is a total storm in a teacup. If this is all this country has got to worry about, then God help us all.”

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Newton Abbot Tories back Anne Marie Morris and say they won’t…

Newton Abbot Conservatives say they have no intention of calling for Anne Marie Morris to resign as an MP. Ms Morris, the MP for Newton Abbot, 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.

She has since apologised for the remarks, saying: “The comment was unintentional and I apologise unreservedly for any offence caused.”

But she has had the whip suspended by the Conservative Party, which means that although she is still an MP, she is no longer a Conservative MP.

Sylvia Russell, president of the Newton Abbot Conservatives Association, said that her remarks were inappropriate but said they won’t be calling for her resignation.

She told Devon Live “Anne Marie Morris is an excellent MP for the Newton Abbot Constituency and she has never made a wrong move in the seven years that she has been the MP, and massively increased her majority.

“It is a pity that she has found herself in this situation and clearly it was inappropriate to say, but she has apologised for it.

“She should definitely not resign. She is a very good MP and we have no intention of asking or calling for her to resign as an MP as a result of this.

“The length of her suspension from the whip is a matter for the Prime Minister to decide on but I hope that it will be proportionate.

“She still has a lot of offer to the public as an MP, particularly with her experience in business.

“She isn’t the first and she won’t be the last to say something that is wrong.”

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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.”

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 is due to hold one of her regular surgeries to give residents in the Newton Abbot constituency an opportunity to meet with her and discuss any issues they may like to raise on Thursday.

A spokesman for her confirmed to Devon Live on Tuesday morning that the surgery is still going ahead as planned.

The surgery takes place from 11am to 12pm at The Passmore Edwards Centre, Market Street, Newton Abbot.

Rather like a doctor’s surgery, constituents are invited to book an appointment to discuss their concerns in advance.

Devon Live readers have said that Anne Marie Morris should resign as an MP after she was recorded using the N-word at a meeting of eurosceptics in Central London, with a poll on our website saying that 82 per cent of our readers saying she should resign, while calls for her resignation that have been made by fellow politicians in Teignbridge.

Marie Chadwick, who was the Liberal Democrat candidate at the General Election in June, has called for her resignation and said that she has shown her true colours with the remarks.

Mrs Chadwick said: “She should resign and she needs to resign. She has a history of associating herself with people who hold dubious views and now she has shown that not only does she hold those views, she is not afraid to speak about them.

“You simply cannot have people who hold these views representing residents in parliament.

“It is worrying for the constituents that she is the MP who represents them and she has shown with these comments that she is simply not up to the job and she needs to resign.

Richard Younger-Ross, who was the former MP for Teignbridge but lost his seat to her in 2010, said: “Ms Morris is MP who does little except offend, is one of the worst MPs for replying to correspondence, an MP who seems to be rarely in her constituency, and an MP who seems to do little.

“If she was engaged with people, real people, she would not have said such an odious comment that offends people.

“She is simply out of touch. She will not resign as an MP, but she should make it clear that she will not re-stand.”

Ms Morris made the astonishing remark while discussing what financial services deal the UK could struck with Brussels after 2019.

Despite using the racist term, none of her fellow panelists, including Tory MPs Bill Cash and John Redwood, reacted to the comment.

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’.

Roger Kendrick and Anne Marie Morris

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’.

The person who made that remark was Roger Kendrick, who is both Anne Marie Morris’s partner and her electoral agent.

In response, Anne Marie Morris told DevonLive: “I don’t share the views expressed by Roger Kendrick.”

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Anne Marie Morris’ regular surgeries to give residents in the Newton Abbot constituency an opportunity to meet with her and discuss any issues they may like to raise is still going ahead on Thursday.

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.

She has since apologised for the remarks, saying: “The comment was unintentional and I apologise unreservedly for any offence caused.”

But she has had the whip suspended by the Conservative Party, which means that although she is still an MP, she is no longer a Conservative MP.

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.”

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 is due to hold one of her regular surgeries to give residents in the Newton Abbot constituency an opportunity to meet with her and discuss any issues they may like to raise on Thursday.

A spokesman for her confirmed to Devon Live on Tuesday morning that the surgery is still going ahead as planned.

The surgery takes place from 11am to 12pm at The Passmore Edwards Centre, Market Street, Newton Abbot.

Rather like a doctor’s surgery, constituents are invited to book an appointment to discuss their concerns in advance.

Devon Live readers have said that Anne Marie Morris should resign as an MP after she was recorded using the N-word at a meeting of eurosceptics in Central London, with a poll on our website saying that 82 per cent of our readers saying she should resign

Now Stand up to Racism have said that they will be pursuing a formal complaint to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards and have said that such racist language harks back to the horrors of slavery in the American deep South.

Weyman Bennett co-convenor of Stand up to Racism says “There is no excuse for the use of this disgusting racist language, least of all from an MP, Anne Marie Morris should resign immediately. If she fails to do so Theresa May should withdraw the Conservative party whip from Ms Morris and she should be suspended from the House of Commons.”

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.”

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.”

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Labour’s national campaign co-ordinator Andrew Gwynne, has called for her to resign. He said: “Anne Marie Morris’ comments are outrageous and totally unacceptable.

“While the Conservative Party has tabled a debate on Wednesday to apparently discuss and condemn abuse of candidates in the General Election, these comments prove their hypocrisy.

“Theresa May once spoke about changing the Tories’ ‘nasty party’ tag.

“If she’s serious about that, she will admit it’s not enough for the Tories to ‘investigate’ and will apologise and act immediately. If that means withdrawing the whip, that’s what they should do.”

Conservative MPs have said that suspending the whip from Anne Marie Morris is the right decision, but most have stopped short of saying that she should resign.

James Cleverly, the Conservative MP for Braintree, said; “Shocked & disappointed that Anne Marie Morris was so thoughtless & insensitive in her use of language. Suspending the whip is right decision.”

Kevin Foster, MP for Torbay, said: “Her comments were not appropriate and she has rightly apologised unreservedly for any offence caused.”

But Heidi Allen, MP for South Cambridgeshire, called for Ms Morris to resign. She said: “I’m afraid an apology is not good enough – we must show zero tolerance for racism. MPs must lead by example.”

Luke Pollard, MP for Plymouth Sutton & Devonport, said that her racist language is completely unacceptable and that she must decide whether to resign.

It echoes calls for her resignation that have been made by fellow politicians in Teignbridge.

Marie Chadwick, who was the Liberal Democrat candidate at the General Election in June, has called for her resignation and said that she has shown her true colours with the remarks.

Mrs Chadwick said: “She should resign and she needs to resign. She has a history of associating herself with people who hold dubious views and now she has shown that not only does she hold those views, she is not afraid to speak about them.

“You simply cannot have people who hold these views representing residents in parliament.

“It is worrying for the constituents that she is the MP who represents them and she has shown with these comments that she is simply not up to the job and she needs to resign.

Richard Younger-Ross, who was the former MP for Teignbridge but lost his seat to her in 2010, said: “Ms Morris is MP who does little except offend, is one of the worst MPs for replying to correspondence, an MP who seems to be rarely in her constituency, and an MP who seems to do little.

“If she was engaged with people, real people, she would not have said such an odious comment that offends people.

“She is simply out of touch. She will not resign as an MP, but she should make it clear that she will not re-stand.”

Ms Morris made the astonishing remark while discussing what financial services deal the UK could struck with Brussels after 2019.

Despite using the racist term, none of her fellow panelists, including Tory MPs Bill Cash and John Redwood, reacted to the comment.

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’.

Roger Kendrick and Anne Marie Morris

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’.

The person who made that remark was Roger Kendrick, who is both Anne Marie Morris’s partner and her electoral agent.

In response, Anne Marie Morris told DevonLive: “I don’t share the views expressed by Roger Kendrick.”

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Ms Morris, the MP for Newton Abbot, was recorded using the N-word while addressing a meeting at the exclusive East India Club in St James Square.

She described the possibility of the Brexit negotiations concluding with no deal as “the n****r in the woodpile”.

She has since apologised for the remarks, saying: “”The comment was unintentional and I apologise unreservedly for any offence caused.”

But she has had the whip suspended by the Conservative Party, which means that although she is still an MP, she is no longer a Conservative MP.

Devon Live readers have said that Anne Marie Morris should resign as an MP after she was recorded using the N-word at a meeting of eurosceptics in Central London, with a poll on our website saying that 82 per cent of our readers saying she should resign.#

Now Stand up to Racism have said that they will be pursuing a formal complaint to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards and have said that such racist language harks back to the horrors of slavery in the American deep South.

Weyman Bennett co-convenor of Stand up to Racism says “There is no excuse for the use of this disgusting racist language, least of all from an MP, Anne Marie Morris should resign immediately. If she fails to do so Theresa May should withdraw the Conservative party whip from Ms Morris and she should be suspended from the House of Commons.”

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.”

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.”

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Labour’s national campaign co-ordinator Andrew Gwynne, has called for her to resign. He said: “Anne Marie Morris’ comments are outrageous and totally unacceptable.

“While the Conservative Party has tabled a debate on Wednesday to apparently discuss and condemn abuse of candidates in the General Election, these comments prove their hypocrisy.

“Theresa May once spoke about changing the Tories’ ‘nasty party’ tag.

“If she’s serious about that, she will admit it’s not enough for the Tories to ‘investigate’ and will apologise and act immediately. If that means withdrawing the whip, that’s what they should do.”

Conservative MPs have said that suspending the whip from Anne Marie Morris is the right decision, but most have stopped short of saying that she should resign.

James Cleverly, the Conservative MP for Braintree, said; “Shocked & disappointed that Anne Marie Morris was so thoughtless & insensitive in her use of language. Suspending the whip is right decision.”

Kevin Foster, MP for Torbay, said: “Her comments were not appropriate and she has rightly apologised unreservedly for any offence caused.”

But Heidi Allen, MP for South Cambridgeshire, called for Ms Morris to resign. She said: “I’m afraid an apology is not good enough – we must show zero tolerance for racism. MPs must lead by example.”

Luke Pollard, MP for Plymouth Sutton & Devonport, said that her racist language is completely unacceptable and that she must decide whether to resign.

It echoes calls for her resignation that have been made by fellow politicians in Teignbridge.

Marie Chadwick, who was the Liberal Democrat candidate at the General Election in June, has called for her resignation and said that she has shown her true colours with the remarks.

Mrs Chadwick said: “She should resign and she needs to resign. She has a history of associating herself with people who hold dubious views and now she has shown that not only does she hold those views, she is not afraid to speak about them.

“You simply cannot have people who hold these views representing residents in parliament.

“It is worrying for the constituents that she is the MP who represents them and she has shown with these comments that she is simply not up to the job and she needs to resign.

Richard Younger-Ross, who was the former MP for Teignbridge but lost his seat to her in 2010, said: “Ms Morris is MP who does little except offend, is one of the worst MPs for replying to correspondence, an MP who seems to be rarely in her constituency, and an MP who seems to do little.

“If she was engaged with people, real people, she would not have said such an odious comment that offends people.

“She is simply out of touch. She will not resign as an MP, but she should make it clear that she will not re-stand.”

Ms Morris made the astonishing remark while discussing what financial services deal the UK could struck with Brussels after 2019.

Despite using the racist term, none of her fellow panelists, including Tory MPs Bill Cash and John Redwood, reacted to the comment.

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’.

The person who made that remark was Roger Kendrick, who is both Anne Marie Morris’s partner and her electoral agent.

In response, Anne Marie Morris told DevonLive: “I don’t share the views expressed by Roger Kendrick.”

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Devon Live readers have said that Anne Marie Morris should resign as an MP 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.

She has since apologised for the remarks, saying: “”The comment was unintentional and I apologise unreservedly for any offence caused.”

But she has had the whip suspended by the Conservative Party, which means that although she is still an MP, she is no longer a Conservative MP.

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.”

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.”

But Devon Live readers, in a poll on our website, have said that she should resign as a result of her comments.

As of 10.30am on Tuesday, more than 4,000 people had voted in the poll, and 82 per cent said that she should resign.

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It echoes calls for her resignation that have been made by fellow politicians in Teignbridge.

Marie Chadwick, who was the Liberal Democrat candidate at the General Election in June, has called for her resignation and said that she has shown her true colours with the remarks.

Mrs Chadwick said: “She should resign and she needs to resign. She has a history of associating herself with people who hold dubious views and now she has shown that not only does she hold those views, she is not afraid to speak about them.

“You simply cannot have people who hold these views representing residents in parliament.

“It is worrying for the constituents that she is the MP who represents them and she has shown with these comments that she is simply not up to the job and she needs to resign.

Richard Younger-Ross, who was the former MP for Teignbridge but lost his seat to her in 2010, said: “Ms Morris is MP who does little except offend, is one of the worst MPs for replying to correspondence, an MP who seems to be rarely in her constituency, and an MP who seems to do little.

“If she was engaged with people, real people, she would not have said such an odious comment that offends people.

“She is simply out of touch. She will not resign as an MP, but she should make it clear that she will not re-stand.”

Ms Morris made the astonishing remark while discussing what financial services deal the UK could struck with Brussels after 2019.

Despite using the racist term, none of her fellow panelists, including Tory MPs Bill Cash and John Redwood, reacted to the comment.

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’.

The person who made that remark was Roger Kendrick, who is both Anne Marie Morris’s partner and her electoral agent.

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In response, Anne Marie Morris told DevonLive: “I don’t share the views expressed by Roger Kendrick.”

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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.”

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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”.

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’.

Anne Marie Morris apologises after being recorded using the…

Anne Marie Morris has apologised 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.”


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An urgent investigation into the remarks has 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.”

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?”

Calls have been made by other MPs for Anne Marie Morris to lose the Conservative whip.

Tim Farron, the outgoing Lib Dem leader, called for Morris to lose the Tory whip.

“This disgusting comment belongs in the era of the Jim Crow laws and has no place in our parliament,” he said.


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“The Conservative party should withdraw the whip from Anne Marie Morris and they should do it today. Every hour they leave her in place, is a stain on them and the so called ‘compassionate conservatism’ they supposedly espouse.

“I am utterly shocked that this person represents the good people of Newton Abbot. Even if she misspoke this is the nastiest thing I’ve heard an MP utter since Lord Dixon-Smith uttered the same awful phrase a few years ago.”

Caroline Lucas, co-leader of the Green party, also called on the Tories to remove the whip.

One person at the Brexit event contacted the Guardian because he was so shocked about what he had heard Morris say.

“I attended in a professional capacity with a colleague,” he said. “I work in financial services and was there to hear about the report on enhanced equivalence being published.

“I was completely taken aback after hearing such a vile and offensive phrase being used by someone in public life, who should be campaigning against such language being used, not dispensing it herself.”

Marie Chadwick, who was the Liberal Democrat candidate in Newton Abbot at the General Election in June, has called for her resignation and said that she has shown her true colours with the remarks.

Mrs Jenkins said: “She should resign and she needs to resign. She has a history of associating herself with people who hold dubious views and now she has shown that not only does she hold those views, she is not afraid to speak about them.

“You simply cannot have people who hold these views representing residents in parliament.

“It is worrying for the constituents that she is the MP who represents them and she has shown with these comments that she is simply not up to the job and she needs to resign.

“I will be calling on Theresa May to sack her but if not, she needs to resign as she was shown what her true colours her.”


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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’.

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The person who made that remark was Roger Kendrick, who is both Anne Marie Morris’s partner and her electoral agent.

In response, Anne Marie Morris told DevonLive: “I don’t share the views expressed by Roger Kendrick.”


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Calls have been made for Anne Marie Morris to resign as Newton Abbot’s MP 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.

Marie Chadwick, who was the Liberal Democrat candidate at the General Election in June, has called for her resignation and said that she has shown her true colours with the remarks.

Anne Marie Morris has apologised.


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Mrs Chadwick said: “She should resign and she needs to resign. She has a history of associating herself with people who hold dubious views and now she has shown that not only does she hold those views, she is not afraid to speak about them.

“You simply cannot have people who hold these views representing residents in parliament.

“It is worrying for the constituents that she is the MP who represents them and she has shown with these comments that she is simply not up to the job and she needs to resign.

“I will be calling on Theresa May to sack her but if not, she needs to resign as she was shown what her true colours her.”


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The Tory MP, who has been the member of parliament for Newton Abbot since 2010, made the astonishing remark while discussing what financial services deal the UK could struck with Brussels after 2019.

Despite using the racist term, none of her fellow panelists, including Tory MPs Bill Cash and John Redwood, reacted to the comment.


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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’.

Roger Kendrick and Anne Marie Morris

The person who made that remark was Roger Kendrick, who is both Anne Marie Morris’s partner and her electoral agent.

In response, Anne Marie Morris told DevonLive: “I don’t share the views expressed by Roger Kendrick.”


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Newton Abbot’s MP Anne Marie Morris has used the racially offensive phrase “n****r in the woodpile” at a meeting about Brexit with eurosceptics in Central London.

The Tory MP, who has been the Member of Parliament for Newton Abbot since 2010, made the astonishing remark while discussing what financial services deal the UK could struck with Brussels after 2019, the Huffington Post reports.

Despite using the racist term, none of her fellow panelists, including Tory MPs Bill Cash and John Redwood, reacted to the comment.


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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?”


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The comments came at the launch of a report into the future for the UK’s lucrative financial sector after Brexit.

The launch was held at the exclusive East India Club in St James Square, a few hundred yards from the Mall, and organised by the Politeia group – which describes itself as “A forum for social and economic thinking”.


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The City of London’s Colton Richards was in the audience, and was appalled by Morris’s comments.

He told HuffPost UK: “It was disgusting to hear those comments by somebody in public life.”


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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’.

Roger Kendrick and Anne Marie Morris

The person who made that remark was Roger Kendrick, who is both Anne Marie Morris’s partner and her electoral agent.

In response, Anne Marie Morris told DevonLive: “I don’t share the views expressed by Roger Kendrick.”


Read more Anne Marie Morris must resign over N-word use says Newton Abbot’s…