Alun Cairns made the inappropriate comments during a weekly political discussion programme on BBC Radio Cymru.
During the programme, Dau o'r Bae, contributors were asked who they would be
supporting at Euro 2008. One contributor said she had written a note next to
the side of each team at the tournament, describing Sweden
as “boring” and writing “nice flag” next to Portugal.
She then said that she had written “nice food” next to Italy, before Mr Cairns stepped in
and said: "I've written greasy wops."
The presenter of the programme then immediately asked the Tory MP to issue
an apology, which he did before the programme ended.
However yesterday afternoon, Mr Cairns, the South Wales West AM, announced
that he had resigned as shadow education spokesman and chair of the assembly's
"In light of the inappropriate comments I made yesterday regarding Italy I believe
I can no longer continue in these roles in the national assembly," he stated.
"I very much regret the remarks and wish to apologise once again for
the offence they may have caused.
"I have the utmost respect for Italy and Italian people but accept
that my comments, no matter how inadvertent, were unacceptable.
"I support all efforts to tackle xenophobia and racism and will
continue to promote equality and tolerance."
Welsh Conservative leader Nick Bourne AM has accepted Cairns’ resignation.
"While his comments were completely out of character they were
unacceptable," explained Mr Bourne.
"Alun is a long-serving, hard working, and well-respected politician
but knows his comments were inappropriate and regrettable."
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