Statement from Peter Heaton-Jones MP regarding comments on BBC Radio 4

Statement from Peter Heaton-Jones MP (Conservative, North Devon)

 

“The Liberal Democrat candidate for North Devon should make an immediate and unreserved apology to local people following her disgraceful comments on BBC Radio 4 this lunchtime.

Explaining support for Brexit in North Devon by saying ‘it’s 98% white’ and ‘they don’t travel a lot’ is highly offensive.  She must withdraw those remarks immediately.

The Lib Dem candidate also said, ‘I do not link all leave voters to hate crime’, and even talked about race as another factor.  This is appalling and unacceptable.

When pressed to defend her remarks, she could only say, ‘you’ve got me in a corner here’, and later trailed off into silence.

The Lib Dem candidate should break that silence only to apologise for the patronising and inflammatory comments in this extraordinary outburst.

Many people will be extremely offended by the suggestion that they support Brexit because they’re white and don’t get out much, or that there’s a link between some Leave voters and hate crime.

I’m sure North Devonians will reflect on this carefully when judging the Lib Dem candidate’s suitability to represent our area at the next general election”.

 

Attached: Transcript of interview

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