A Tory candidate said women should “keep their knickers on” to avoid getting raped.

Nick Conrad, a former BBC Radio Norfolk presenter made the comments in 2014 while discussing the high-profile Ched Evans rape case.

The former breakfast show host has now been selected for Broadland in Norfolk.

Labour’s Angela Rayner said the views “have no place in the 21st Century” and the Tories must deselect Mr Conrad.

Ms Rayner said: “Nick Conrad’s despicable comments blaming the victims of rape, saying they should have kept their ‘knickers on’, sound like they were lifted out of a Handmaid’s Tale’s script.

“These views should be consigned to the dustbin of history.

“He is not fit to be an MP and it would be an affront to women everywhere if he were to become one.”

Angela Rayner said the Tories must deselect the PPC

 

During a debate which focused on the case of footballer Ched Evans, who was convicted and later cleared of a rape charge, Mr Conrad said: “It’s the old adage about if you yank a dog’s tale then don’t be surprised when it bites you.”

He continued: “I think women need to be more aware of a man’s sexual desire; that when you’re in that position that you are about to engage in sexual activity, there’s a huge amount of energy in the male body, there’s a huge amount of will and intent, and it’s very difficult for many men to say no when they are whipped up into a bit of a storm.

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“What I’m trying to say is that women also have to understand that when a man’s given certain signals, he’ll wish to act upon them and if you don’t wish to give out the wrong signals, it’s best probably to keep your knickers on and not get into bed with him.

“Does that make sense?”

Ched Evans was cleared of rape

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Nick Conrad, 34, received the backing of the local party on Wednesday to run for the seat held by Tory Keith Simpson, who has stepped down after 22 years as an MP.

Mr Simpson held the constituency at the 2017 election with a majority of 15,816.

The presenter told the Eastern Daily Press on Wednesday that he was “absolutely delighted” to be selected as Conservative parliamentary candidate for Broadland.

He said he had apologised for his comments in 2014 and did so again.

“It’s a very genuine heartfelt apology,” he said. “I completely messed up, I knew I’d got it wrong and it didn’t demonstrate the fact that I know that it’s the most abhorrent crime.

“I’ve for many years broadcast very difficult subject matter and I was very disappointed in myself after the reaction flared up on the back end of those comments.

“I apologise, I learned from it and I moved forward.

“I think that’s the critical thing.”





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