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Tory MP Anne Marie Morris suspended by party

Published: Tuesday, July 11, 2017 3:33 AM    |     Modified: Monday, August 7, 2017 9:53 AM


Tory MP Anne Marie Morris has been suspended by her party after she described leaving the EU without a deal as the “real n***** in the woodpile”.

The MP for Newton Abbot made the controversial remark at a meeting of eurosceptics at the East India Club in St James Square, central London.

Prime Minister Theresa May said the comment was “completely unacceptable” and she was having the whip withdrawn.

“I was shocked to hear of these remarks, which are completely unacceptable. I immediately asked the chief whip to suspend the party whip,” Mrs May said.

Ms Morris earlier issued an apology for the comment, describing it as “unintentional”.

During the meeting, after claiming just 7 per cent of financial services in the UK would be affected by Brexit, she 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***** in the woodpile which is in two years what happens if there is no deal?”

It caused an immediate storm among fellow politicians, with many calling for Ms Morris to be suspended.

Anne Marie Morris, 60, is the MP for Newton Abbott (PA)

Labour’s national campaign co-ordinator Andrew Gwynne said Ms Morris’s comments were “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,” he said.

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