I have made the decision to decline the offer of the position of Kent youth police and crime commissioner.
I have made this decision after a great deal of thought and consultation with my family.
As I made clear over the weekend, I accept that I have made comments on social networking sites which have offended many people. I am really sorry for any offence caused.
I strongly reiterate that I am not racist or homophobic. I have fallen into the trap of behaving with bravado on social networking sites. I hope this may stand as a learning experience for many other young people.
I now feel that in the interests of everyone concerned, in particular the young people of Kent who I feel will benefit enormously from the role of a youth commissioner, that I should stand down as I feel that the recent media furore will continue and hamper my ability to perform the job to the level required.
I would like to thank those people who have sent messages of support and understanding.
I wish the commissioner, Kent Police and the person eventually appointed to this role every success.
Finally, I ask for the time and space to recover from what has been a very difficult time and to allow me to move on.