Tory candidate David Bishop, who has resigned from the party after publishing homophobic and anti-Islamic tweets released this statement:
I unreservedly apologise for publishing inappropriate tweets and re-tweets and I am sorry for the real offence caused.
I recognise that someone standing for public office should show leadership and seek to unite communities, not divide them.
I hope the residents of Brentwood South can forgive my lack of judgement in time.
I have let myself and my Party down and in order to avoid any further embarrassment, I have taken the decision to resign from the Conservative Party with immediate effect.
I will not be asking anyone to vote for me on 22nd May.
I wish the Conservative Party all the best for the future.
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