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Tory suspended over racist e-mail
Mrs Ellie Bland said her husband had sent the poem
A Conservative parliamentary hopeful has been removed from the list of candidates and suspended from the party over the forwarding of a racist e-mail.
The Illegal Immigrants Poem, sent from Wiltshire town councillor Ellenor Bland's e-mail address, jokes in a mock foreign voice about welfare claims.
She has been suspending pending a full investigation by Conservative HQ.
Liberal Democrat campaigns chairman Edward Davey, who wrote to the Conservatives and Commission for Racial Equality, said: "It is totally unacceptable for elected representatives to be distributing this kind of material.
"Racism has absolutely no place in British politics and I am asking the CRE to advise on what further action can be taken."
A Conservative spokeswoman said: "We disassociate ourselves entirely from the sentiments in the e-mail."
Mrs Bland told the BBC it was her husband who had forwarded the e-mail, adding: "I'm not a racist.
It was forwarded on by my husband, who took it in the form that he thought it was sent and that was a light-hearted view, which, again, anybody broadly thinking would not have made anything out of it, as has been made to be at this present time."
She added that "apart from clocking my husband around the ears, there's not a lot I can do about it".
Asked why the poem singled out Pakistanis and turban-wearers and talked about the "white man race" if it was not racist, she added: "I didn't write it ... We do have friends of all kinds - we actually have German in-laws.
Originally posted by infinite
Enoch views were not really the parties traditional value
this little incident, is not really a reflection on the whole party.
whereas the majority are the Labour party are down the police station discussing cash-for-peers
Originally posted by Silcone Synapse
The councilor also said that lots of MPs had been sending the same poem to each other,without getting busted.