BBC presenter quits job to run as Tory MP
- Credit: Mark Bullimore
A BBC Radio Norfolk presenter has quit his job to put himself forward as a Conservative MP in the upcoming general election.
Nick Conrad, former host of the Radio Norfolk breakfast show, will be putting himself forward to stand in the constituency of Broadland, Norfolk, which has been held by Tory MP Keith Simpson since it was created in 2010.
The 34-year-old father of three has worked for the BBC for 12 years. He is also a regular columnist for the Eastern Daily Press, who reported that the breakfast presenter was running.He had not presented his show since Thursday, October 31, when staff had been told he was to leave the BBC with 'immediate effect'.
In 2014, Conrad came under fire for saying women should "keep their knickers on" during a debate about a serious rape case.
He apologised for the comments and no further action was taken.
While Conrad is in the shortlist, it is not yet known who else may be in the local Conservative Association's runnings, although hustings for the seat are taking place Wednesday night.
You may also want to watch:
The Eastern Daily Press have previously compared Conrad to the popular Steve Coogan character Alan Partridge, as both are beloved Norfolk radio presenters who "often find themselves the butt of the joke".
- 1 The greatest failure of government in our lifetime
- 2 The bigot we should have called out on day one
- 3 James O'Brien schools Brexiteer who refuses to accept new EU-UK trade rules
- 4 Matt Hancock praises free school meals before being reminded he voted against them
- 5 Nigel Farage launches new party in Scotland to promote 'positive case for the Union'
- 6 Keir Starmer got it right with vote on Brexit deal
- 7 The polling that signals the plight of the Union
- 8 Brexiteer MP ridiculed after calling for free movement of goods between GB and NI
- 9 Scottish fishing boats ditch UK waters for Denmark to escape Brexit red tape
- 10 PMQs Review: The one where the speaker finally snapped
Become a Supporter
The New European is proud of its journalism and we hope you are proud of it too. We believe our voice is important - both in representing the pro-EU perspective and also to help rebalance the right wing extremes of much of the UK national press. If you value what we are doing, you can help us by making a contribution to the cost of our journalism.