Suspended Tory candidate Afzal Amin has resigned as prospective parliamentary candidate for Dudley North with immediate effect, according to ITV News.
Amin has been accused of conspiring with English Defence League (EDL) leaders in order to exploit local religious tensions over the construction of a so-called ‘mega-mosque’ for his election campaign.
Amin was filmed apparently discussing with EDL leader Tommy Robinson about the possibility of the EDL organisation a fake march, which would give him the opportunity to appear diplomatic and heroically negotiate its cancellation.
The former Conservative candidate had said that he would mount a “robust defence” against the allegations and insisted to BBC radio 4 that he did not propose the EDL march against a mosque in Dudley North, and that it was suggested by EDL leaders.
“There is no way that I would have the confidence to propose such a manoeuvre to the EDL leadership. He is the one that proposed, absolutely, that we would do this march and then we would negotiate a way out of it. When he first came to me he presented himself in tears, saying that he wanted to see an improved Britain. I didn’t realise this was the start of a year-long sting operation. That’s really what I’ve been subject to here.”
Previously, Labour leader Ed Miliband had called on the Conservatives to expell Amin from the party, saying:
“These are shocking allegations when you have a Conservative candidate saying that he is going to be an ‘unshakeable ally’ of the English Defence League.
“There is only one course of action for David Cameron: he should end the dither, end the delay and kick this man out of his party. We cannot have these sort of people standing for mainstream parties in British politics.”