BBC presenter embroiled in 2014 rape row comments in bid to become Tory candidate

A BBC radio presenter who came under fire for comments he made about rape in 2014 has quit the corporation as he seeks to become a Tory general election candidate.

The BBC reported that Radio Norfolk presenter Nick Conrad had left the broadcaster with immediate effect to seek endorsement as a Conservative candidate in the Broadland constituency.

The BBC resisted calls to sack Conrad in 2014 after he provoked outrage in a live debate about footballer Ched Evans. 

Campaigners at the time said the presenter had "victim-blamed" women for rape, saying they should "keep their knickers on".

He later apologised for his remarks, which the BBC said were "ill-judged". 

However, it was revealed that Conrad had attempted to put pressure on the organiser of a petition calling for him to be sacked over the row.

The Labour candidate for the seat, Jessica Barnard, said: "I am truly saddened that this could be my opponent and a future MP.

"To the people of Broadland, I will do all I can in this election to ensure you have an MP that will stand with you and support you should you be a victim of rape or sexual assault. We deserve so much better."

In messages to Scottish political commentator Kirsty Strickland, Conrad claimed the BBC was "monitoring her online activity" and advised she seek legal advice as she had been reported to the police for incitement.

It later emerged BBC bosses were unaware of his messages. 

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