A Tory election candidate has stepped apart after controversial comments he reportedly made about foodbanks, feminism and race.
Antony Calvert stated the eye that they had drawn risked jeopardising the Conservatives taking Wakefield, so he was pulling out of the race to turn into its subsequent MP.
He got here below fireplace for claiming that “if ever there was a reason to be involved in public office” it was to reveal “ludicrous” claims of meals poverty within the UK, in line with The Sunday Times.
And it added the property marketing consultant complained about Labour MP Harriet Harman “banging on about wholly and utterly irrelevant feminist issues” within the run-up to the 2015 basic election.
Talk Radio additionally stated Mr Calvert posted on Facebook in 2011 that he was “sure he saw Col Gaddafi on the tube this morning”, including if the previous Libyan dictator needed to “wander the streets unrecognised he should surely have fled to Bradford”.
A 12 months earlier, the radio station stated he wrote: “Cannot believe how shocking [Labour MP for Wakefield] Mary Creagh looks on TV. Obviously the BBC make up dept don’t work on Sunday.”
Mr Calvert stated in a press release that he made the comments “well before I was first a candidate for the Wakefield constituency” and that they have been “certainly not intended to cause any offence”.
He added: “While I would like to face and battle these assertions these comments signify both my views or these of the Conservative Party, I settle for that to do that would merely create a distraction from the very critical points being mentioned at this basic election.
“My sole ambition in politics has been to return a Conservative MP for Wakefield that may make an genuine contribution for my residence metropolis in parliament.
“If my persevering with on this function will jeopardise this in any respect then I’ve concluded that I need to stand down.”