Conservative Party suspends MP who used n-word in Brexit discussion

Anne Marie Morris is the Tory MP for Newton Abbot in Devon. Credit: PA

The Conservative Party has suspended an MP who used the n-word while taking part in discussions on Brexit.

Anne Marie Morris is heard in an audio clip saying: "And then we get to the real n***** in the woodpile which is in two years what happens if there is no deal?"

The clip was obtained by the Huffington Post who said the remark was made as she described the prospect of leaving the European Union with no deal at a meeting of Eurosceptics in central London.

After the Brexit-backing MP apologised "unreservedly" for "any offence caused" by her "entirely unintentional" description of the prospect of leaving the European Union with no deal as "the real n***** in the woodpile", the Conservative Party said it had removed the whip from Ms Morris.

Withdrawing the whip from an MP means that the ties which link them to a political party are severed and they are effectively an independent MP from then on.

Theresa May condemned the remarks as "completely unacceptable".

In a statement, the Prime Minister said: “I was shocked to hear of these remarks, which are completely unacceptable.

“I immediately asked the Chief Whip to suspend the party whip.

“Language like this has absolutely no place in politics or in today’s society.”

The Party's actions follow calls from MPs who said the whip should be withdrawn and condemned the comment.

"This disgusting comment belongs in the era of the Jim Crow laws and has no place in our Parliament," outgoing Lib Dem leader Tim Farron said.

He continued: "The Conservative Party should withdraw the whip from Anne Marie Morris and they should do it today.

"Every hour they leave her in place, is a stain on them and the so called 'compassionate conservatism' they supposedly espouse.

"I am utterly shocked that this person represents the good people of Newton Abbot.

"Even if she misspoke this is the nastiest thing I've heard an MP utter since Lord Dixon Smith uttered the same awful phrase a few years ago."

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.

Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas tweeted her disgust at the alleged remarks saying: "Appalling. Should have the whip removed immediately. No place in our politics for racism, full stop."

A spokesperson for the Conservative Party said they are "urgently investigating".

They continued: "We are aware of these reports, this kind of language is completely unacceptable, and we are urgently investigating."