LONDON: A Conservative MP has been suspended from the party after it emerged she used a racist expression during a public discussion about Brexit.
Anne Marie Morris, the MP for Newton Abbot, used the phrase at an event in London to describe the prospect of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.
She told: “The comment was totally unintentional. I apologise unreservedly for any offence caused.”
The Conservative Party later confirmed she had had the whip withdrawn.
Announcing the suspension, Theresa May said she was “shocked” by the “completely unacceptable” language.
“I immediately asked the Chief Whip to suspend the party whip,” she said in a statement.
“Language like this has absolutely no place in politics or in today’s society.”
According to a recording published on the Huffington Post Ms Morris was discussing the impact of Brexit on the UK’s financial services industry at an event organised by the Politeia think tank, which was attended by other MPs.
Suggesting that just 7% of financial services would be affected by Brexit, she reportedly said: “Now I am sure there will be many people who will challenge that but my response and my request is look at the detail – it isn’t all doom and gloom.”
She went on: “Now we get to the real nigger in the woodpile, which is in two years what happens if there is no deal.”