N-word Tory is backed

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A CON­SER­VA­TIVE MP sus­pended over the use of racist lan­guage has been backed by the pres­i­dent of her lo­cal con­stituency party.

Sylvia Rus­sell, the pres­i­dent of New­ton Ab­bot Con­ser­va­tive As­so­ci­a­tion, dis­missed calls for Anne Marie Mor­ris to stand down as an MP, in­sist­ing she “hasn’t got a racist thought in her head”.

Theresa May or­dered the Con­ser­va­tive whip to be sus­pended af­ter it emerged Ms Mor­ris had de­scribed the prospect of Bri­tain leav­ing the EU with­out a deal as “the real n***** in the wood­pile”.

The Prime Min­is­ter de­scribed her com­ment as “com­pletely un­ac­cept­able”, say­ing such lan­guage had “ab­so­lutely no place in pol­i­tics or in so­ci­ety”.

Ms Rus­sell said: “I think all fair-minded peo­ple will know Anne Marie has apol­o­gised un­re­servedly over this and I hope that peo­ple will ac­cept that.

“She is not a racist. She hasn’t got a racist thought in her head.”

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