Mercer 'apologises for Jew remark'
Patrick Mercer has "unreservedly" apologised after he was caught on camera describing a female Israeli soldier as a "bloody Jew", it was reported.
The MP and former British Army officer allegedly made the comment about the young soldier during a conversation with an undercover reporter posing as a lobbyist.
While being filmed as part of a Daily Telegraph and BBC Panorama sting operation, Mr Mercer said that when the young woman told him she was a soldier, he thought: "You don't look like a soldier to me. You look like a bloody Jew."
Mr Mercer told Jewish News it was a "stupid remark" and added: "I'd like to apologise unreservedly for any offence I've caused to all my friends in the Jewish community."
The Newark MP will also be writing to Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks to express his remorse, the newspaper reported.
Mr Mercer resigned the Tory whip to "save my party embarrassment" after sleaze allegations arising out of the sting emerged last month.
He is alleged to have established an all-party parliamentary group on Fiji and asked Commons questions after being contacted by undercover reporters posing as lobbyists seeking to get the country's suspension from the Commonwealth lifted.
Mr Mercer referred himself to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, and announced that he will not stand at the next general election. He said that he is taking legal advice regarding the allegations against him.