Anne Marie Morris
|Anne Marie Morris
Official Parliamentary portrait, June 2017
|Member of Parliament
for Newton Abbot
6 May 2010
|Preceded by||Constituency established|
5 July 1957 |
London, England, United Kingdom
|Political party||Conservative (suspended)|
|Alma mater||Hertford College, Oxford|
Anne Marie Morris (born 5 July 1957) is a British politician who was elected at the 2010 general election as a Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) for Newton Abbot. In July 2017, she had the Conservative whip suspended following the emergence of a recording of her using the racist idiom "nigger in the woodpile".
Early life and career
Morris was elected as a councillor on West Sussex County Council for the division of Cuckfield & Lucastes in 2005. She chaired the council's Health Scrutiny Committee. In March 2007 Morris resigned after she was selected as the Conservative candidate for Newton Abbot.
In 2006 Morris was selected by the local Conservative association to contest the Newton Abbot parliamentary constituency.
In the 2010 general election Morris was elected to the seat of Newton Abbot on a 5% swing from the Liberal Democrats. In a close contest, she defeated the incumbent, Richard Younger-Ross, by 523 votes.
Morris attracted attention during Prime Minister's Questions in July 2012 as she shouted a long question on technical colleges in Devon over a noisy and increasingly amused Commons chamber, whilst waving a left arm held in a sling. Video of her "high-pitched outburst" was widely circulated on social media. Morris said she cared about the issue raised and would "always speak passionately about issues in my constituency."
In 2013 she was one of 30 Conservative rebels whose votes helped defeat the government's plans for military action in Syria. She later said she made the decision because the military action plans "felt ill-thought through and smacked of regime change", but supported plans for air strikes against ISIL.
Morris is interested in small businesses, and co-chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Micro Businesses. In Newton Abbot she has established Teignbridge Business Buddies, a scheme that offers support to small businesses.
In July 2017, Morris faced calls for the Conservative whip to be withdrawn from her after being recorded on a parliamentary panel using the racist idiom "nigger in the woodpile" to describe the threat of leaving the EU without a deal, at the launch of a report into the future for the UK's financial sector after Brexit. Morris later stated that the comment was "totally unintentional" and gave her unreserved apology. The suspension came after Prime Minister Theresa May ordered the Chief Whip to suspend the party whip after Morris' comments were published on the HuffPost website. The term had been previously been used in the House of Lords by Conservative peer Lord Dixon-Smith in 2008.
During the 2017 general election campaign a few weeks earlier, Morris had distanced herself from a "racist remark" made by her partner and election agent, Roger Kendrick, at a hustings, in which he blamed the "high birth rates" of immigrants for problems in the education system.
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- Clark, Daniel (1 June 2017). "Tory candidate distances herself from 'racist remark' made by her agent and partner at hustings". Retrieved 10 July 2017.
- Official website
- Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom
- Contributions in Parliament at Hansard 2010–present
- Voting record at Public Whip
- Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou
- Hansard – Oral and Written questions raised
- Anne Marie Morris on Twitter
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
as MP for Teignbridge
|Member of Parliament for Newton Abbot