Tory council candidate quits after anti-Islam and homophobic comments

Tory council candidate quits after anti-Islam and homophobic comments

David Bishop apologises and resigns from party after tweeting remarks including: ‘It’s good to be anti-Islam’.

A Tory council candidate has resigned from the party after making anti-Islamic and homophobic comments.

David Bishop apologised unreservedly after posting comments on Twitter including: “It’s good to be anti-Islam.”

Bishop, who was standing as the Tory candidate in Brentwood South in Essex, said he would not ask anyone to vote for him on 22 May.

He said: “I unreservedly apologise for publishing inappropriate tweets and retweets and I am sorry for the real offence caused.

“I recognise that someone standing for public office should show leadership and seek to unite communities, not divide them. I hope the residents of Brentwood South can forgive my lack of judgment in time.

“I have let myself and my party down and, in order to avoid any further embarrassment, I have taken the decision to resign from the Conservative party with immediate effect. I will not be asking anyone to vote for me on 22 May.

“I wish the Conservative party all the best for the future.”

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