Ex-Radio Norfolk host quits Fakenham election fight after rape comment condemnation
A former BBC Radio Norfolk presenter has stood down as a General Election candidate, barely 24 hours after he was selected.
It emerged earlier this week that Nick Conrad was in the running to contest the Broadland constituency for the Conservatives in the December 12 poll.
Despite an outcry over controversial comments he made in an on-air discussion about rape in 2014, party members chose him as their candidate on Wednesday evening.
But, late last night, and after a day of widespread condemnation, Mr Conrad announced he was pulling out of the contest.
In a statement, he said he had made a "genuine and heartfelt apology" for his remarks at the time and had been "honoured" to be chosen as a candidate.
But he added: "It has now become clear to me that the media attention on my previous comments have become a distraction.
"For me, the most important thing is for the Conservative Party to be successful in the forthcoming election - getting Brexit done and delivering on the people's priorities.
"This is why I have reluctantly concluded I must stand down to allow one of the other excellent candidates the opportunity to win this fantastic seat."
The comments made by Mr Conrad, who resigned from the BBC last week in order to contest the seat, had been criticised by both Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn during the day.