A Conservative MP suspended over the use of racist language has received the backing of the president of her local constituency party.
Sylvia Russell, the president of Newton Abbot Conservative Association, dismissed calls for Anne Marie Morris to stand down as an MP, insisting she “hasn’t got a racist thought in her head”.
Theresa May ordered the Conservative whip to be suspended after it emerged Ms Morris had described the prospect of Britain leaving the EU without a deal as “the real n***** in the woodpile”.
The Prime Minister described her comment as “completely unacceptable” saying such language had “absolutely no place in politics or in today’s society”.
Ms Russell said that Ms Morris had apologised unreservedly for what she had said and that she hoped her punishment would be “proportionate”.
“It is very disappointing that Anne Marie finds herself in this situation for an unintentional comment that I am quite sure that she never intended to make,” Ms Russell told BBC Radio 4’s The World at One.
“I am sure that any suspension will be proportionate to what is involved. We don’t want to lose the capabilities of such a good MP in Parliament as Anne Marie proved herself over the last eight years.
“I think all fair-minded people will know that Anne Marie has apologised unreservedly over this and I hope that people will accept that.
“Anne Marie is mortified, I would think, that people should consider that she might be a racist. She’s not. I have known her for many years and she hasn’t got a racist thought in her head.”