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Conservative candidate Ann Myatt

 

The Conservative candidate contesting murdered MP Jo Cox’s former seat in Batley has sparked outrage for telling a hustings “We’ve not yet shot anybody so that’s wonderful.”

Ann Myatt has apologised for her “ill-judged” comments which left Labour’s Tracy Brabin, a friend of Mrs Cox, visibly shocked and members of the audience gasping and groaning.

Mother-of-two Mrs Cox, 41, was shot and stabbed by neo-Nazi Thomas Mair in her Batley and Spen constituency just days before last year’s EU referendum.

Ms Myatt, in a statement, said: “I wholeheartedly apologise for my ill-judged remarks at the hustings and for any offence they caused. I said sorry at the time and would like to apologise again for my comments, which were out of character and came at the end of a tiring day.”

A video of the hustings shows Ms Myatt addressing integration and saying: “This sort of evening is absolutely first-rate because we have here people of all faiths, we have here people from different parts of the community and we’ve not yet shot anybody so that’s wonderful.”

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Former Coronation Street star Ms Brabin is seeking re-election after replacing Mrs Cox following a by-election last year.

Labour’s national election coordinator Andrew Gwynne said: “These remarks are appalling. That they come from the Conservative candidate beggars belief.”

He said Conservative leader Theresa May’s campaign should also “immediately apologise”.

Source: http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/politics/general-election/conservative-candidate-stuns-batley-voters-with-shooting-joke-1-8568656

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