• Anne Marie Morris during a visit to the construction of a new sea defence. (Getty)Source: Getty
British MP suspended after uttering an offensive phrase at a community meeting about Brexit.
11 Jul 2017 - 12:42 PM  UPDATED 11 Jul 2017 - 12:57 PM

A British Conservative MP has been suspended from the party after she made a racist remark during a public meeting it has emerged.

The MP for Newton Abbot, Anne Marie Morris, was at a community meeting in London when she described leaving the EU without a deal as "The N****** in the woodpile".

“Now I’m sure there will be many people who’ll challenge that, but my response and my request is look at the detail, it isn’t all doom and gloom. Now we get to the real n***** in the woodpile, which is, in two years what happens if there is no deal?” was the full quote recorded in the audio.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May said she was shocked by the comment which she called "completely unacceptable".

“I immediately asked the chief whip to suspend the party whip. Language like this has absolutely no place in politics or in today’s society,” she said in a statement.

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Ms Morris told the BBC: "The comment was totally unintentional. I apologise unreservedly for any offence caused".

The term originates from the US during the days of slavery where it referenced escaped slaves hiding from white overseers as they fled to safety.

Watch the below video to hear the audio recording of Ms Morris' comments during the Brexit meeting.

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