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.
More top news
Cool and breezy for the time of year
The people behind the moving tribute marking 100 years since the Battle of the Somme were unknown - until now.
Gunmen have stormed a restaurant in Dhaka, Bangladesh, taking a number of hostages and opening fire at police. Here's what we know.