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Tory candidate Afzal Amin resigns after EDL claims

Afzal Amin

Suspended Conservative candidate Afzal Amin has resigned as prospective parliamentary candidate for Dudley North with immediate effect, a party source said.

Amin, who was filmed in discussions with former English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson, initially said he would fight allegations that he attempted to stage-manage a far-right rally in order to boost his electoral chances.

But party sources said he had now resigned as candidate in the Tory target seat of Dudley North "with immediate effect", a day ahead of a planned disciplinary hearing.

The Conservatives will now move "swiftly" to appoint a new candidate, who must be in place by the time nominations close on April 9, a source said.

A Conservative spokesman said: "Afzal Amin is resigning as Conservative candidate for Dudley North with immediate effect.

"Conservative Chairman Grant Shapps has welcomed Mr Amin's decision and thanked him for his work in the past."


George Osborne responds to Afzal Amin questions

George Osborne is visiting the Science Museum today Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Chancellor has been asked whether Mr Amin should stand down during a visit to the Science Museum in London.

"He has been suspended pending the investigation from the Conservative Party, so that investigation is now taking place very quickly and of course we await the results."

– George Osborne MP

Miliband: Cameron should kick Mr Amin out of party

Ed Miliband Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Labour leader Ed Miliband said David Cameron should throw Mr Amin out of the Tory Party.

"These are shocking allegations when you have a Conservative candidate saying that he is going to be an 'unshakeable ally' of the English Defence League.

"There is only one course of action for David Cameron: he should end the dither, end the delay and kick this man out of his party.

"We cannot have these sort of people standing for mainstream parties in British politics."

– Ed Miliband
  1. Alison Mackenzie

Video report: Dudley North Tory Candidate suspended

Our political reporter Alison Mackenzie investigates allegations that Conservative Party Candidate for Dudley North, Afzal Amin, planned to use an inflammatory march against a new 'mega-mosque' to help his election campaign.

Alison also joined us on our Sunday programme to discuss Mr Afzal's alleged deal with the English Defence League (EDL).

Nottingham MP Anna Soubry reacts to Amin allegations

Speaking to ITV news after appearing on the BBC this morning, Conservative MP for Broxtowe & former Central News East presenter Anna Soubry said Dudley North conservative candidate Afzal Amin 'should go' , if allegations of collusion with the far right group the English Defence League to win votes by stirring up racial hatred in the Dudley North constituency are true.

Amin has reportedly described the allegations as "completely untrue".

Ms Soubry said: "If he's done it then he should put his hands up and go but we've said that we're going to wait until Tuesday.

"He's suspended but if he's done it he should go".


Porkers pig-out on pancakes at Dudley Zoo

The pigs enjoy their pancakes Credit: Dudley Zoo

Seven porkers had a pancake pig-out today as staff at Dudley Zoo included their micro-pigs in Shrove Tuesday celebrations.

Little Ernie, Hamm, Chuck, Brian and Wilbur and their mum Poppy and dad Harley seemed to approve of the seasonal puddings.

The pigs enjoy their pancakes Credit: Dudley Zoo

Police release images after jewellery and cash stolen in burglary

The men police want to speak with Credit: West Midlands Police

Police have released images of a group they want to speak to following a burglary in Netherton.

Jewellery and cash were taken from a house on Prince Street in the afternoon on January 17. The suspects ran off when the homeowner returned.

Anyone who recognises these people or who has any information should call police on 101.

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