'Anti-Islam' Tory candidate quits

Somerset County Gazette: A Tory council candidate has resigned from the party after making anti-Islamic and homophobic comments on Twitter A Tory council candidate has resigned from the party after making anti-Islamic and homophobic comments on Twitter

A Tory council candidate has resigned from the party after making anti-Islamic and homophobic comments.

David Bishop quit the party and apologised unreservedly after posting comments on Twitter including "It's good to be anti-Islam".

Mr Bishop, who was standing as the Tory candidate in Brentwood South in Essex, urged no-one to vote for him on May 22.

He said: "I unreservedly apologise for publishing inappropriate tweets and re-tweets and I am sorry for the real offence caused.

"I recognise that someone standing for public office should show leadership and seek to unite communities, not divide them. I hope the residents of Brentwood South can forgive my lack of judgement in time.

"I have let myself and my party down and, in order to avoid any further embarrassment, I have taken the decision to resign from the Conservative Party with immediate effect. I will not be asking anyone to vote for me on May 22.

"I wish the Conservative Party all the best for the future."

The Brentwood Gazette reported that, t wo days after being named the Tory candidate, the local DJ reposted a tweet made from another account which cites the arrest of four Muslim men over the rape of a 14-year-old girl before adding "'#Islam 'the religion of peace' & rape".

Other posts made by Mr Bishop include "How CAN a gay guy keep a straight face?" and "A lesbian kiss on @bbceastenders before the watershed... okay BBC diversity soldiers we get it, now stop trying so hard #pathetic."

The association chairman in Brentwood and Ongar, where Communities Secretary Eric Pickles is the MP, said he had accepted the resignation and it was the "right decision".

John Kerslake said: "The Conservative Party is all-inclusive and promotes unity. As such, the matter has been dealt with swiftly and conclusively in the best interest of Brentwood and the party."

Meanwhile, the Conservatives distanced themselves from views expressed on Twitter by Stephen Lees, who claims to have been a long-standing activist in the Croydon area of south London.

Mr Lees wrote on Twitter: "Every single Muslim should be expelled from this country - not deported - expelled, and every mosque demolished."

But a Conservative Party spokesman said: " Stephen Lees is not a member of the Conservative Party according to local records checked today. The local association has also confirmed that he is not a party activist, and has no formal ties to the Conservative Party."

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1:12am Sun 4 May 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

Yet another male politician explodes into oblivion...?! Should this trend continue it is in rapid danger of becoming somewhat akin to the famous Monty Python sketch with the business executives routinely falling out of the window.

My own personal theory is that it's the neckties that are cutting off oxygen supply to the brain causing the wearers to think irrational thoughts that they are sometimes even wont to give expression to.

Wonder if they'll all die off in the end like the dinosaurs that went before them?
Yet another male politician explodes into oblivion...?! Should this trend continue it is in rapid danger of becoming somewhat akin to the famous Monty Python sketch with the business executives routinely falling out of the window. My own personal theory is that it's the neckties that are cutting off oxygen supply to the brain causing the wearers to think irrational thoughts that they are sometimes even wont to give expression to. Wonder if they'll all die off in the end like the dinosaurs that went before them? Katie Re-Registered
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2:34am Sun 4 May 14

lord god almighty says...

oh dear another politician temporarily forgot themselves and started actually speaking their mind.
oh dear another politician temporarily forgot themselves and started actually speaking their mind. lord god almighty
  • Score: 2

8:23am Sun 4 May 14

Chippy70 says...

Ha ha, a victim of their own gagging of so called freedom of speech....ha ha my sides are aching..ha ha ha ha ha
Ha ha, a victim of their own gagging of so called freedom of speech....ha ha my sides are aching..ha ha ha ha ha Chippy70
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2:24pm Sun 4 May 14

welshmen says...

You cant talk about what's the biggest threat to our Country since Hitler and his the Third Reich, can't tell the truth because it upsets people who would chop your head off for insulting their sky God and plod will arrest you, yet they can demonstrate about how we will live under their Religion of Hate Law and everybody is OK with that, their Religion is like the Judas goat, and we are the sheep being led by that Judas goat to our Slaughter....Wake up British Natives this is the real world....not a soap series...
You cant talk about what's the biggest threat to our Country since Hitler and his the Third Reich, can't tell the truth because it upsets people who would chop your head off for insulting their sky God and plod will arrest you, yet they can demonstrate about how we will live under their Religion of Hate Law and everybody is OK with that, their Religion is like the Judas goat, and we are the sheep being led by that Judas goat to our Slaughter....Wake up British Natives this is the real world....not a soap series... welshmen
  • Score: 1

3:25pm Sun 4 May 14

Arsalen says...

Alot of their Conservatives are wolves in sheeps clothing. The people of harrow must realize that voting for the conservatives will be a massive step backwards for community cohesion and diversity. Susan Hall is one of the conservative who are hiding their real world view, her plotting and scheming will tear this borough apart and already has in the heart of the Council.
Alot of their Conservatives are wolves in sheeps clothing. The people of harrow must realize that voting for the conservatives will be a massive step backwards for community cohesion and diversity. Susan Hall is one of the conservative who are hiding their real world view, her plotting and scheming will tear this borough apart and already has in the heart of the Council. Arsalen
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4:39pm Sun 4 May 14

varteg1 says...

Quote.....

John Kerslake said: "The Conservative Party is all-inclusive and promotes unity. As such, the matter has been dealt with swiftly and conclusively in the best interest of Brentwood and the party."



But not the country and it's people.




QUOTE.....

But a Conservative Party spokesman said: " Stephen Lees is not a member of the Conservative Party according to local records checked today. The local association has also confirmed that he is not a party activist, and has no formal ties to the Conservative Party."

I was given to understand that Pontius Pilate died some two thousand years ago.


Seems the info was incorrect, he's still there playing Conservative Party spokesman.
Quote..... John Kerslake said: "The Conservative Party is all-inclusive and promotes unity. As such, the matter has been dealt with swiftly and conclusively in the best interest of Brentwood and the party." But not the country and it's people. QUOTE..... But a Conservative Party spokesman said: " Stephen Lees is not a member of the Conservative Party according to local records checked today. The local association has also confirmed that he is not a party activist, and has no formal ties to the Conservative Party." I was given to understand that Pontius Pilate died some two thousand years ago. Seems the info was incorrect, he's still there playing Conservative Party spokesman. varteg1
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5:21pm Sun 4 May 14

varteg1 says...

varteg1 wrote:
Quote.....

John Kerslake said: "The Conservative Party is all-inclusive and promotes unity. As such, the matter has been dealt with swiftly and conclusively in the best interest of Brentwood and the party."



But not the country and it's people.




QUOTE.....

But a Conservative Party spokesman said: " Stephen Lees is not a member of the Conservative Party according to local records checked today. The local association has also confirmed that he is not a party activist, and has no formal ties to the Conservative Party."

I was given to understand that Pontius Pilate died some two thousand years ago.


Seems the info was incorrect, he's still there playing Conservative Party spokesman.
I see there's a Tory button pusher around.

Oh well, maybe whoever bit is belongs to the same old school tie brigade.
[quote][p][bold]varteg1[/bold] wrote: Quote..... John Kerslake said: "The Conservative Party is all-inclusive and promotes unity. As such, the matter has been dealt with swiftly and conclusively in the best interest of Brentwood and the party." But not the country and it's people. QUOTE..... But a Conservative Party spokesman said: " Stephen Lees is not a member of the Conservative Party according to local records checked today. The local association has also confirmed that he is not a party activist, and has no formal ties to the Conservative Party." I was given to understand that Pontius Pilate died some two thousand years ago. Seems the info was incorrect, he's still there playing Conservative Party spokesman.[/p][/quote]I see there's a Tory button pusher around. Oh well, maybe whoever bit is belongs to the same old school tie brigade. varteg1
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8:29pm Sun 4 May 14

welshmen says...

Arsalen wrote:
Alot of their Conservatives are wolves in sheeps clothing. The people of harrow must realize that voting for the conservatives will be a massive step backwards for community cohesion and diversity. Susan Hall is one of the conservative who are hiding their real world view, her plotting and scheming will tear this borough apart and already has in the heart of the Council.
And a vote for Labour would have the Colonisers using their cancerous methods of infiltrating more schools, local Government, not on my watch or millions of don't trust the Religion of Peace, that's a laugh peace, they don't practices what they preach, it seems to me we have to be tolerant of the intolerant, we have to supply all the cohesion and they create the diversity by not excepting our Culture and respect of our Countries Christian based values, their full of taqiyya kitman and makara, it's what they do, you can't blame just the radicals, it wasn't the radicals that were caught out in Birmingham....Tip of the iceberg, time go's on we will see....
[quote][p][bold]Arsalen[/bold] wrote: Alot of their Conservatives are wolves in sheeps clothing. The people of harrow must realize that voting for the conservatives will be a massive step backwards for community cohesion and diversity. Susan Hall is one of the conservative who are hiding their real world view, her plotting and scheming will tear this borough apart and already has in the heart of the Council.[/p][/quote]And a vote for Labour would have the Colonisers using their cancerous methods of infiltrating more schools, local Government, not on my watch or millions of don't trust the Religion of Peace, that's a laugh peace, they don't practices what they preach, it seems to me we have to be tolerant of the intolerant, we have to supply all the cohesion and they create the diversity by not excepting our Culture and respect of our Countries Christian based values, their full of taqiyya kitman and makara, it's what they do, you can't blame just the radicals, it wasn't the radicals that were caught out in Birmingham....Tip of the iceberg, time go's on we will see.... welshmen
  • Score: 1

11:00am Mon 5 May 14

Chippy70 says...

welshmen wrote:
You cant talk about what's the biggest threat to our Country since Hitler and his the Third Reich, can't tell the truth because it upsets people who would chop your head off for insulting their sky God and plod will arrest you, yet they can demonstrate about how we will live under their Religion of Hate Law and everybody is OK with that, their Religion is like the Judas goat, and we are the sheep being led by that Judas goat to our Slaughter....Wake up British Natives this is the real world....not a soap series...
For once I agree with a Welshman...this is scary!
[quote][p][bold]welshmen[/bold] wrote: You cant talk about what's the biggest threat to our Country since Hitler and his the Third Reich, can't tell the truth because it upsets people who would chop your head off for insulting their sky God and plod will arrest you, yet they can demonstrate about how we will live under their Religion of Hate Law and everybody is OK with that, their Religion is like the Judas goat, and we are the sheep being led by that Judas goat to our Slaughter....Wake up British Natives this is the real world....not a soap series...[/p][/quote]For once I agree with a Welshman...this is scary! Chippy70
  • Score: 0

11:02am Mon 5 May 14

Chippy70 says...

welshmen wrote:
Arsalen wrote:
Alot of their Conservatives are wolves in sheeps clothing. The people of harrow must realize that voting for the conservatives will be a massive step backwards for community cohesion and diversity. Susan Hall is one of the conservative who are hiding their real world view, her plotting and scheming will tear this borough apart and already has in the heart of the Council.
And a vote for Labour would have the Colonisers using their cancerous methods of infiltrating more schools, local Government, not on my watch or millions of don't trust the Religion of Peace, that's a laugh peace, they don't practices what they preach, it seems to me we have to be tolerant of the intolerant, we have to supply all the cohesion and they create the diversity by not excepting our Culture and respect of our Countries Christian based values, their full of taqiyya kitman and makara, it's what they do, you can't blame just the radicals, it wasn't the radicals that were caught out in Birmingham....Tip of the iceberg, time go's on we will see....
TWICE I agree with a Welshman......chuffi
n 'ell
[quote][p][bold]welshmen[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Arsalen[/bold] wrote: Alot of their Conservatives are wolves in sheeps clothing. The people of harrow must realize that voting for the conservatives will be a massive step backwards for community cohesion and diversity. Susan Hall is one of the conservative who are hiding their real world view, her plotting and scheming will tear this borough apart and already has in the heart of the Council.[/p][/quote]And a vote for Labour would have the Colonisers using their cancerous methods of infiltrating more schools, local Government, not on my watch or millions of don't trust the Religion of Peace, that's a laugh peace, they don't practices what they preach, it seems to me we have to be tolerant of the intolerant, we have to supply all the cohesion and they create the diversity by not excepting our Culture and respect of our Countries Christian based values, their full of taqiyya kitman and makara, it's what they do, you can't blame just the radicals, it wasn't the radicals that were caught out in Birmingham....Tip of the iceberg, time go's on we will see....[/p][/quote]TWICE I agree with a Welshman......chuffi n 'ell Chippy70
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3:49pm Mon 5 May 14

welshmen says...

Chippy70 wrote:
welshmen wrote:
Arsalen wrote:
Alot of their Conservatives are wolves in sheeps clothing. The people of harrow must realize that voting for the conservatives will be a massive step backwards for community cohesion and diversity. Susan Hall is one of the conservative who are hiding their real world view, her plotting and scheming will tear this borough apart and already has in the heart of the Council.
And a vote for Labour would have the Colonisers using their cancerous methods of infiltrating more schools, local Government, not on my watch or millions of don't trust the Religion of Peace, that's a laugh peace, they don't practices what they preach, it seems to me we have to be tolerant of the intolerant, we have to supply all the cohesion and they create the diversity by not excepting our Culture and respect of our Countries Christian based values, their full of taqiyya kitman and makara, it's what they do, you can't blame just the radicals, it wasn't the radicals that were caught out in Birmingham....Tip of the iceberg, time go's on we will see....
TWICE I agree with a Welshman......chuffi

n 'ell
You love this Country as much as I do Chippy 70, and your a Patriot too....
[quote][p][bold]Chippy70[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]welshmen[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Arsalen[/bold] wrote: Alot of their Conservatives are wolves in sheeps clothing. The people of harrow must realize that voting for the conservatives will be a massive step backwards for community cohesion and diversity. Susan Hall is one of the conservative who are hiding their real world view, her plotting and scheming will tear this borough apart and already has in the heart of the Council.[/p][/quote]And a vote for Labour would have the Colonisers using their cancerous methods of infiltrating more schools, local Government, not on my watch or millions of don't trust the Religion of Peace, that's a laugh peace, they don't practices what they preach, it seems to me we have to be tolerant of the intolerant, we have to supply all the cohesion and they create the diversity by not excepting our Culture and respect of our Countries Christian based values, their full of taqiyya kitman and makara, it's what they do, you can't blame just the radicals, it wasn't the radicals that were caught out in Birmingham....Tip of the iceberg, time go's on we will see....[/p][/quote]TWICE I agree with a Welshman......chuffi n 'ell[/p][/quote]You love this Country as much as I do Chippy 70, and your a Patriot too.... welshmen
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