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PM removes whip from Devon MP over use of the 'n' word

Theresa May has removed the whip from Anne Marie Morris over her use of racist language in a meeting. It means she the Newton Abbot MP is no longer a Tory.

Anne Marie Morris was recorded making the comments in a discussion about the impact of Brexit.

  • Listen to the audio of the Conservative MP's exchange

The Conservative MP, who backs Brexit, described the prospect of leaving the European Union with no deal as "the real n***** in the woodpile".

There were growing calls for the Prime Minister to take action and she responded very quickly. This is what she had to say:

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.

– Theresa May
One of those calling for Ms Morris to be disciplined is former Liberal Democrat leader, Tim Farron. Credit: PA

Outgoing Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron was one of those appalled by Anne Marie Morris' use of the 'n' word. This is what he said before the Prime Minister acted:

This disgusting comment... has no place in our Parliament.

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.

– Tim Farron, Outgoing Liberal Democrat leader

Anne Marie Morris has apologised. She said her comment was "entirely unintentional", adding: "I apologise unreservedly for any offence caused".

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