Tory candidate Sheryll Murray has sparked public outrage after declaring she was “pleased we have food banks” at a hustings event, then threatened to call police on an audience member who challenged her views.
Sheryll Murray is standing for the Conservatives as a member of parliament for South East Cornwall. She has been an MP at Westminster since the 2010 general election.
Rules mean she can no longer call herself an MP after the Prime Minister called a snap general election.
A video filmed by an audience member at the hustings (see below) shows the Tory hopeful saying: “If, say for instance, someone has no house. Or if their financial situation has changed while they were going through the [benefit] assessment, and their benefit is delayed, then they need to call upon the food bank.”
She was then met with gasps from the audience, after publicly declaring: “But I’m really pleased we have food banks in South-East Cornwall.”
An audience member can be heard shouting: “Society shouldn’t need it!”
Rattled by the show of anger, Sheryll Murray appears to struggle to continue her speech, as she then says: “Let’s ignore these (gesturing to the audience)”, and is then met by further gasps.
A member in the audience shouts: “We are all human!”. Seemingly ignored by the Tory candidate, the person can be heard shouting: “Excuse me!
“How dare you stand there and say you’ll ignore me! I’m sitting down now, but you’re being rude.”
There is then a period of what appears to be an angry exchange between the woman and the Tory candidate, but we’ve been unable to ascertain exactly what was said.
However, another member of the audience can then be heard saying “oh my god!”, just moments before Sheryll Murray says: “I think we’ll leave. I’m not being subjected to this.”
Murray then says “I’m really sorry”, as anger among the audience reaches fever pitch. She adds: “I’m really sorry to everybody but this sort of behaviour….. We obviously, obviously…
“You’ve all witnessed this horrendous behaviour. I came here in good faith today….”
Her comments are interrupted by a man filming the event on his phone: “In good faith!?”, he can be heard saying in an exasperated voice.
Murray then says: “We’ll, perhaps the lady should leave then?” The woman responds: “You were being very rude, and I’m not leaving!”
She adds: “If you want me to leave, you call the police.”
Turning to what may be her aide or an event organiser, Murray says: “Right, Bob, would you like to try and go do that then?”
The video then ends abruptly.