Anne Marie Morris is under fire for using a racist phrase during a Brexit debate.
Conservative MP Anne Marie Morris who voted against same-sex marriage in 2013 and was absent from a number of other same-sex marriage votes, is facing calls for her resignation after uttering a vile, racist phrase during a Brexit discussion which was recorded by a journalist in attendance.
The recording was unearthed by HuffPost today who said that the Brexit-backing MP uttered the disgraceful phrase, which has its origins in the late 19th and 20th century, as she described the idea of leaving the EU with no deal.
Ms Morris has offered an “unreserved” apology saying she was sorry for “any offence caused” by her “entirely unintentional” racism. The MP used the phrase, “And then we get to the real n***** in the woodpile which is in two years what happens if there is no deal?
— HuffPost UK (@HuffPostUK) July 10, 2017
A spokesperson for the Conservative Party said they are “urgently investigating” stating that they were aware of the reports.
Numerous people have called for Ms Morris to have the whip removed from her, which would mean that she would effectively stand as an independent candidate for her constituency.
Appalling. Should have the whip removed immediately. No place in our politics for racism, full stop. https://t.co/khnbjFUVGi
— Caroline Lucas (@CarolineLucas) July 10, 2017
I'm absolutely appalled by this. I assume PM will take appropriate action? https://t.co/KcOgTc2cM7
— Tulip Siddiq (@TulipSiddiq) July 10, 2017
Absolutely disgusting, there is no place for this language in our society. The PM needs to act against one of her MP's https://t.co/38ZkxXhTqW
— Ruth Smeeth MP (@RuthSmeeth) July 10, 2017
Disgraceful. PM can't stand by and allow this to go unchallenged. https://t.co/WviigE0R8d
— Stephen Kinnock (@SKinnock) July 10, 2017
Guardian columnist Owen Jones has effectively called for the MP’s expulsion.
If you are a Tory and you are not calling for the expulsion of Anne Marie Morris, then you are an apologist for racism. The end.
— Owen Jones? (@OwenJones84) July 10, 2017
Ms Morris assumed office in May 2010 and managed to increase her majority in the 2017 General Election from 11288 to 17160 votes.