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?”
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.”
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.”