Brentwood Tory candidate David Bishop closes Twitter account after anti-Islamic posts

A former local election candidate for the Brentwood Conservatives appears to have closed his Twitter account after his anti-Islamic and homophobic posts and re-tweets led to his resignation from the party. David Bishop stood down on Saturday (May 3) after it emerged he had tweeted and re-tweeted several posts during April including “It’s good to be anti-Islam” and a re-tweet asking “How CAN a gay guy keep a straight face?”

In a statement released on Saturday, Brentwood Borough Council leader Louise McKinlay explained: The views expressed on Twitter recently do not reflect the opinions or beliefs held by the Conservative group on Brentwood (Borough) Council nor those of the Conservative party and as such have no place in our team.

“David’s decision to step down was the right thing to do and I am pleased the party has backed this and accepted his resignation from the team and from the party.” Mr Bishop was the candidate for the Brentwood South ward, due to be contested as part of the local council elections on May 22.