A Tory MP has apologised “unreservedly” after she used the n-word while taking part in discussions on Brexit.
Anne Marie Morris is heard in an audio clip saying: “And then we get to the real n***** in the woodpile which is in two years what happens if there is no deal?”
The clip was obtained by the Huffington Post who said the remark was made as she described the prospect of leaving the European Union with no deal at a meeting of Eurosceptics in central London.
The Brexit-backing MP said she apologised “unreservedly” for “any offence caused” by her “entirely unintentional” description of the prospect of leaving the European Union with no deal as “the real n***** in the woodpile”.
MPs have called for the Conservative Party to cut ties with the Newton Abbot MP.
Outgoing Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron backed calls to remove the whip from Ms Morris.
“This disgusting comment belongs in the era of the Jim Crow laws and has no place in our Parliament,” he said.
“The Conservative Party should withdraw the whip from Anne Marie Morris and they should do it today.
“Every hour they leave her in place, is a stain on them and the so called ‘compassionate conservatism’ they supposedly espouse.
“I am utterly shocked that this person represents the good people of Newton Abbot.
“Even if she misspoke this is the nastiest thing I’ve heard an MP utter since Lord Dixon Smith uttered the same awful phrase a few years ago.”
Withdrawing the whip from an MP means that the ties which link them to a political party are severed and they are effectively an independent MP from then on.
Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas tweeted her disgust at the alleged remarks saying: “Appalling. Should have the whip removed immediately. No place in our politics for racism, full stop.”
A spokesperson for the Conservative Party said they are “urgently investigating”.
They continued: “We are aware of these reports, this kind of language is completely unacceptable, and we are urgently investigating.”