Tory parliamentary candidate apologises for swearing at schoolgirl

PUBLISHED: 18:57 15 May 2017 | UPDATED: 18:57 15 May 2017

James Heappey.

James Heappey.

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A Conservative parliamentary candidate in Somerset has apologised for swearing at a schoolgirl.

James Heappey told a student to ‘**** off’ when debating a second Scottish referendum at Millfield School, in Somerset.

The parliamentary candidate for the Wells constituency – which includes Burnham, Highbridge and Cheddar – said the comment was made in a light-hearted manner.

Mr Heappey was visiting the school on March 16 and asked students for their views on the topic of independence.

When one girl said she would vote to leave the UK, Mr Heappey replied with ‘well, you can **** off then’.

They then continued to debate the issue, but her father later raised the matter with the school, prompting Mr Heappey to write an apology to the pupil.

He said: “I made a comment – intended only as a joke – but it was inappropriate and I am deeply sorry for any offence caused. I wrote to her soon after the school brought her concerns to my attention and apologised unreservedly.”

Mr Heappey won the Wells seat in 2015, with a 7,585 majority.

The seat is expected to be hotly-contested in June’s General Election. See who is standing for election in the Wells constituency here.

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