Below is the text of the resignation statement made by Nick Conrad, the Conservative candidate for the Broadland constituency in Norfolk, on 8 November 2019.

Five years ago I made ill-judged comments during an on-air radio discussion for which I made a genuine and heartfelt apology.

Last night I was honoured to be made the Conservative candidate for Broadland and had hoped to become the MP for a constituency which is close to my heart. However it has 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.

I would like to thank Broadland Conservative Association for their support and wish the party every success in the election on December 12.