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UK Tory candidate quits over anti-Islam tweets

David Bishop resigned and apologized following comments he had posted, which included ““It’s good to be anti-Islam.”

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A UK Conservative council candidate has resigned from the party after making anti-Islamic and homophobic comments on Twitter.

David Bishop resigned and apologized following comments he had posted, which included ““It’s good to be anti-Islam.”

In another message, retweeted on April 27 - two days after Bishop was named as a Conservative council candidate - it cited the arrest of four Muslim men over the rape of a 14-year-old girl and added: “#Islam ‘the religion of peace’ & rape.”

He was also criticized for a homophobic tweet, in which he retweeted one message on April 13 that read: “How CAN a gay guy keep a straight face?”

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

In a statement, he said: “I unreservedly apologize for publishing inappropriate tweets and re-tweets and I am sorry for the real offence caused.

“I recognize 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 judgment 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.”

Louise McKinlay, group leader of Brentwood Conservatives, added that Bishop’s views had “no place in our team,” according to the BBC.

His resignation comes as UK Independence Party council candidate, Harry Perry was suspended by the party on Friday after tweeting that Islam was “evil” and homosexuality was an “abomination.”