Tory activist brands feminists ‘left-wing lesbo groupies’ and ‘cretins’
A South Yorkshire Conservative Party activist has resigned over homophobic comments made on Twitter.
Nick Morris, who stood as a council candidate for the Tories in 2004, called a group of feminists “left-wing lesbo groupies” and “cretins”.
The Sheffield Telegraph reports Mr Morris made the remarks in response to a post by feminist activist Lirael Clayr who was tweeting about a campaign against male violence towards women.
Mr Morris tweeted: “Frankly I really don’t care what you and leftwing lesbo-groupies think.”
He later posted: “From what dark hole have these cretins crept from (sic) I wonder.”
Mr Morris, who had been out campaigning the same day with former Sheffield Hallam parliamentary candidate Spencer Pitfield, who is the Conservative Policy Forum’s national director, subsequently apologised after widespread criticism of his remarks on Twitter.
“I am truly ashamed at the Tweet I sent you earlier this afternoon”, he said.
“It was disgusting unwarranted and the height of bigotry.
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“I wish it is possible for me to erase what I wrote but this sadly is not possible.
“I’m very sorry for any offence caused by my actions.
“As a token of my sincerity I would like to donate some money to the charity of your choice.
“My actions in no way reflect the Conservative Party and to that end I will be resigning immediately.”
Feminist campaigner Jean Hatchet told The Star: “Women are 51 per cent of the voting public. This ex-Tory party member and past candidate is showing disgusting misogyny and homophobia.
“The Tory party is spending vast sums of money on social media and their members are harassing women in the most horrible ways. This needs condemning at the ballot box.”