Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Tory quits after fury at 'racist' comments

A councillor has resigned from the Conservative Party after making "thoughtless and extremely foolish" comments about immigrant schoolchildren.

John Cherry claimed Pakistani children would fail to "rise to the top" and some nationalities were "uncertain" what hard work is about.

The Chichester councillor was responding to proposals by a South London academy to open an Eton-style boarding school in the West Sussex countryside.

He warned the children would want to "escape into the forest – it will be a sexual volcano".

But after being heavily criticised for the comments, Mr Cherry resigned from the Conservative Party and apologised.

He said: "My remarks about Durand Academy, as reported in the Mail on Sunday today, were plainly wrong. They were thoughtless and extremely foolish.

"I unreservedly apologise and withdraw them. I very much regret the distress this must have caused."

The Tories had already begun action to suspend Mr Cherry before his resignation.

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