Hacks left baffled as Anne Marie Morris gets her early Christmas present
The Conservative MP has had the whip restored after using a racist expression.
“It would have been nice to have an early Christmas present or New Year’s gift. I want to be a member of the team again,” disgraced Tory MP Anne Marie Morris told her local paper yesterday.
Today, her wish came true as the Conservative party announced that the whip had been restored - five months after Morris sparked outrage by describing a no-deal Brexit as ‘the n****r in the woodpile’.
In a statement Morris said she had learned the error of her ways, but failed to explain how.
“I would like to take this opportunity to apologise again for using such inappropriate and offensive language. It was a mistake and I regret it unreservedly.
“I have learned from this experience and have a new determination to uphold the highest possible standards in public life. I feel proud and privileged to be a Member of Parliament and I will continue to serve my community and my country to the best of my ability.
On her website Morris also fails to provide any clues about how she learned from her experience. In her first ‘weekly column’ since the suspension, she does not reveal any meetings with race equality campaigners but does say it was “a pleasure to attend the Newton Abbot Town Ball”.
The director of the British Future think tank was unimpressed with Morris' posturing. Sunder Katwala, a former journalist and general secretary of the Fabian Society, asked: “How did this learning take place? Did Anne Marie Morris talk to anybody about the casual use of racial slurs?”
Writing on Twitter, he added: “Her party colleagues should expect evidence of a journey, not just a time-out in the sin bin.”
The Spectator’s political editor James Forsyth was also baffled - by the behaviour of the Tories.
“Restoring the whip to Morris less than six months after it was taken away from her suggests that the Tories are not taking this incident as seriously as they should. This is the wrong call both politically and morally,” he stated.