Tory candidate 'under review' after racist and sexist Facebook posts emerge

A Conservative election candidate has had his position placed “under review” after historic social media posts emerged showing him referring to London as “Londonistan”.

Antony Calvert, who is running to be MP for Wakefield, also joked about seeing someone on the tube who he said resembled Colonel Gaddafi.

If the former Libyan dictator wanted to walk the streets unrecognised, he added, “he should surely have fled to Bradford”.

In a third missive, the 41-year-old property consultant criticised the appearance of his now opponent Mary Creagh, saying he could not believe “just how shocking” she looked on TV.

“Obviously the BBC make up dept don’t work on Sunday,” he wrote.

The posts, which date back to 2010 and 2011, have now been deleted and Mr Calvert’s Facebook page appears to have been taken down.

But, after they were uncovered by TalkRadio on Friday, the candidate was informed his position may be untenable.

Local sources in Wakefield suggest he may be stood down by the end of the weekend – although both the Conservative Party and Mr Calvert himself refused to comment directly on the speculation.

Responding to Mr Calvert’s posts, Ms Creagh, who has been the constituency’s Labour MP since 2005, told The Independent: “These vile posts have no place in our society and show that the Tory party candidate is not fit to be a candidate, let alone an MP.”

In a text to The Independent, Mr Calvert said he would not comment but added: “These were made up to nine years ago and are clearly not meant to be taken seriously.”

Just days before the scandal broke, the Brexiteer had also given an interview in which he appeared to defend Jacob Rees-Mogg’s comments that Grenfell Tower fire victims could have escaped had they shown “common sense”.

“He apologised for [those comments] being interpreted as they were,” Mr Calvert said. “I’ve known him for years and there is not a malicious bone in that man’s body. In the heat of interviews sometimes you misspeak.”

The Conservative Party said it would release a statement on his position in due course.

The new scandal comes just 24 hours after another candidate, Nick Conrad, was stood down for historic comments in which he said women should “keep their knickers on” in a conversation about rape.

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