Change UK announces European election candidate list – and loses one within hours over controversial comment
Change UK – formerly the ‘Independent Group’ – announced a list of candidates today for the EU elections that included Boris Johnson’s sister Rachel and TV presenter Gavin Esler.
“When you’re in the Conservative party you find yourself getting conditioned to say all kinds of things”
The list also included ‘MMA’ fighter Ali Sadjady, who recently resigned from the Conservative party. Mr Sadjady was immediately embroiled in controversy when it had emerged that he had once tweeted that Romanian pickpockets on the London Underground made him view Brexit favourably:
Mr Sadjady told the SKWAWKBOX this afternoon that he had resigned his candidacy, saying:
That comment doesn’t represent who I am, but when you’re in the Conservative party you find yourself getting conditioned to say all kinds of things. I deeply regret what I said and have publicly apologised, but you have to take responsibility for your own words and actions and I’ve stepped down.
I made those comments after a friend of mine was pickpocketed and I was very worked up about it for them but I shouldn’t have said it.
Mr Sadjady’s willingness to be accountable for his actions is admirable – but makes him ill-suited for a ‘TIG’/Change party whose MPs have refused shamelessly to be accountable to their electorate after their party switch.
His comments to the SKWAWKBOX formed part of a longer, very frank interview that shed an interesting light on both the Conservatives and the new party. It will be published later this evening.
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