Keith Simpson, the out-going Conservative MP for Broadland, has said that the local party and members were aware of past comments made by Nick Conrad before he was selected by the party to stand in the constituency at the General Election. Simpson also said that Conrad had been asked to step down by the Conservative Party.
Conrad, a professional broadcaster, justified rape on a radio show, saying:
“Women also have to understand that when a man’s given certain signals he’ll wish to act upon them and if you don’t wish to give out the wrong signals it’s best, probably, to keep your knickers on and not get into bed with him.”
Simpson said in an interview with the EDP:
“There is no doubt in my mind that Nick was told he must stand down. It was the accumulation of several bad headlines at the start of the campaign on other issues and of course Boris Johnson’s problem with women.”
“When Nick stood I thought back to what had been said five years ago but my view was that he had apologised profusely and the BBC had not sacked him of course. He was asked about the comments and replied very well.”
Conrad said in his resignation statement:
“Five years ago I made ill-judged comments during an on-air radio discussion for which I made a genuine and heartfelt apology. Last night I was honoured to be made the Conservative candidate for Broadland and had hoped to become the MP for a constituency which is close to my heart. However it has become clear to me that the media attention on my previous comments have become a distraction.”
Jess Phillips, the Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley, said:
“It’s best to keep your knickers on to avoid rape according to this dude. I find it’s best avoided by never coming in to contact with misogynistic men who have no understanding of consent.”
Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, also condemned the comments which Conrad had made, saying that they were “completely unacceptable”.