London, Aug.22 (ANI): A Conservative constituency party chairman has said that he would only select a woman as an MP "if they were attractive". lan Scard, the Chairman of Gosport Conservative Association in Hampshire, is selecting a candidate to replace Sir Peter Viggers as the local MP at the next election.
Sir Peter announced that he would quit Parliament after The Daily Telegraph disclosed he had attempted to claim 1,645 pounds in parliamentary expenses for a floating duck house.
Asked whether he was happy to support efforts by David Cameron, the Conservative leader, to put more women in Parliament, The Telegraph quoted Scard, as saying: "If they are attractive, yeah I would go for it."
"I know it's a sexist thing to say," Scard told Channel 4 News, "but you could get the blokes saying 'Oh you know, I would vote for her because she's really attractive'."
However, on reflection, he added: "But then the other women say 'Oh I don't like her, she's too attractive'."
The comments are likely to cause embarrassment for Tory leader Cameron. (ANI)