QC asks Rishi Sunak whether Tories 'ready to select brown man' as PM

Fox-clubbing Remainer QC Jolyon Maugham sparks fury after asking Rishi Sunak whether Tories are ‘ready to select a brown man’ as PM

  • Remainer QC asked Rishi Sunak if Tories ‘ready to select a brown man’ as PM
  • Jolyon Maugham asked it in reply to Sunak’s Tory leadership bid announcement
  • His comments incensed Conservative MPs, who branded Maugham ‘awful’
  • The 51-year-old QC once clubbed a fox to death while wearing a satin kimono 

A Remainer barrister sparked fury this evening after he asked Rishi Sunak whether Conservative Party members were ‘ready to select a brown man’ as the next Prime Minister.

Jolyon Maugham QC – once dubbed ‘an infamous fox murderer’ after clubbing one of the animals to death while wearing his wife’s satin kimono – incensed Tory MPs with his tweet this evening.

The 51-year-old suggested Conservative party members might not select Rishi Sunak, who is of Indian descent, as their next leader because he is a ‘brown man’.

Replying to Sunak’s Conservative leadership bid announcement on Twitter, Maugham said: ‘Do you think the members of your Party are ready to select a brown man, Rishi?’ 

The comment has sparked fury among Tory MPS, with one minister branding Maugham an ‘awful man’.

Replying to Rishi Sunak’s leadership bid announcement on Twitter, Reamainer QC Jolyon Maugham said: ‘Do you think the members of your Party are ready to select a brown man, Rishi?’

Maugham was once dubbed ‘an infamous fox murderer’ after clubbing one of the animals to death while wearing his wife’s satin kimono

Rishi Sunak announced his bid to become the next Prime Minister today with a slick video

Pensions Minister Guy Opperman raged at the Remainer QC and pointed out the Tories have had two women Prime Ministers, the first Jewish PM, three Asian chancellors in a row, has an Asian Home Secretary and the first trans MP.

Opperman said: ‘Sadly, friends like [Sajid Javid], Rishi [Sunak], Priti [Patel], Nadhim [Zahawi] will face this idiocy a lot I fear.’

He added: ‘All have outstanding success stories built on aspiration. 

‘They are the great British success story that sees second generation immigrants achieve great things in the private/public sectors and the House of Commons.

‘And yes, the Conservative  party are ready to elect and House of Commons colleagues would be proud to serve in public life under a brown man, or a brown woman, you awful man Jolyon Maugham.’

Meanwhile, Tory MP Mark Jenkinson blasted Maugham, whom he called the ‘darling of the left’.

He said: ‘WTAF. Darling of the left, hopefully they’ll be swift to denounce him.’

Maugham deleted the Tweet a little more than an hour later. He added: ‘My point was, I want, we should all want, greater representation of people of colour leading all political parties. But it’s not an issue particular to the Conservative Party’

Pensions Minister Guy Opperman raged at the Remainer QC and pointed out the Tories have had two women Prime Ministers, the first Jewish PM, three Asian chancellors in a row, has an Asian Home Secretary and the first trans MP

Tory MP Mark Jenkinson blasted Maugham, whom he called the ‘darling of the left’

Maugham deleted the Tweet a little more than an hour later. 

He added: ‘I have deleted a question to Rishi Sunak about attitudes to race in the Conservative Party membership. 

‘My point was, I want, we should all want, greater representation of people of colour leading all political parties. 

‘But it’s not an issue particular to the Conservative Party.’

MailOnline has contacted Rishi Sunak and Jolyon Maugham for comment.

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