EXCLUSIVE: Tory candidate 'under review' over Facebook posts

Antony Calvert's Facebook posts have emerged

Friday, November 8, 2019

Conservative election candidate Antony Calvert has been placed "under review" by the party after some of his Facebook posts were discovered by talkRADIO.

In the posts he criticised Mary Creagh, the Labour MP for Wakefield who he would later run against, for her appearance, declaring he could not “believe just how shocking Mary Creagh looks on TV. Obviously the BBC make up dept don’t work on Sunday.”

In 2014 during PMQs, Labour's Harriet Harman had said women were being disproportionately affected by the bedroom tax and that fewer women were taking sex discrimination cases to a tribunal since the introduction of tribunal fees. Mr Calvert posted a message declaring she was "bang(ing) on about wholly and utterly irrelevant feminist issues"

He jokingly urged a friend to "make sure you stand in the pretty girl security guard line. The frisk you will be getting will be semi –erotic!" and he described London as "Londonistan".

After posting a Facebook status saying that he was "sure he saw Col Gaddafi on the tube this morning", Mr Calvert joked that if the former Libyan dictator wished to "wander the streets unrecognised he should surely have fled to Bradford".

Mr Calvert ran unsuccessfully as a Conservative candidate in 2015 and 2017. 

A Conservative Party spokesman told talkRADIO: "We are urgently looking into this matter and Mr. Calvert’s candidacy is under review."

Mr Calvert has yet to respond to the allegations and his Facebook page has been taken down and appears as unavailable.

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