Tory candidate Nick Conrad resigns
Angela Rayner, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, responding to Nick Conrad resigning as a Conservative candidate, said:
“Nick Conrad has finally resigned as a Conservative candidate but the fact that he was chosen in the first place and the fact that Boris Johnson stood by him is further proof that the Party is infected with sexism from top to bottom.
“Nick Conrad’s views should be consigned to the dustbin of history. They have no place in the 21st century, let alone in Parliament.
“Boris Johnson’s defence of Nick Conrad came as no surprise. Johnson himself wrote that the way to deal with advice from a female colleague was to ‘just pat her on the bottom and send her on her way’, he has been accused of squeezing the thigh of a young journalist at a work lunch and he abstained on a vote to extend abortion rights to women in Northern Ireland.
“As long as Boris Johnson is Prime Minister, we risk losing the hard-won rights that women before us gave up their lives and liberty to attain.”
Notes to Editors
When asked by the media, Boris Johnson refused to say that Nick Conrad should not be a Conservative candidate.
Nick Conrad said that victims of rape are “partially responsible” and that women should be “more aware of a man’s sexual desire”. He said “if you don’t wish to give out the wrong signals it’s best probably to keep your knickers on and not get into bed with him” and “it’s the old adage about if you yank a dog’s tail then don’t be surprised when it bites you.”