The Tory candidate mired in controversy after comments of his emerged saying women should “keep their knickers on” while debating a rape case is no longer a candidate. Read his statement in full:
“Five years ago I made ill-judged comments during an on-air radio discussion for which I made a genuine and heartfelt apology.
Last night I was honoured to be made the Conservative candidate for Broadland and had hoped to become the MP for a constituency which is close to my heart.
However it has become clear to me that the media attention on my previous comments have become a distraction.
For me, the most important thing is for the Conservative Party to be successful in the forthcoming election -getting Brexit done and delivering on the people’s priorities.
This is why I have reluctantly concluded I must stand down to allow one of the other excellent candidates the opportunity to win this fantastic seat.
I would like to thank Broadland Conservative Association for their support and wish the party every success in the election on December 12.”