A Conservative election candidate has said that voters should still trust the scandal-hit Tory party in the same way they ‘still trust GPs’ despite serial killer GP Dr Harold Shipman.
Nadeem Ahmed made the comments when speaking to The Telegraph in reference to the jailing of disgraced former MP Imran Ahmad Khan, who he is running to replace.
Mr Ahmed is standing as the Conservative candidate in the 23 June Wakefield by-election, which was triggered after Mr Khan was convicted of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy.
Speaking to The Telegraph, Mr Ahmed said the Conservative party do not deserve to lose the election as a result of the actions of ‘one bad apple’.
He said: ‘He’s in prison, which is the right place. As a teacher, a father and as a human being, what he did was wrong.
‘He’s been convicted of that offence and I cannot stand here and say that was right. It was absolutely disgusting. And the people of Wakefield know that he was one bad apple.’
Mr Ahmed went on to compare Mr Khan to Dr Shipman, who died in Wakefield prison in 2004.
He said: ‘He was a GP – a trusted professional, like teachers and others.
‘When they put a vaccine in our arms, we trust what they are putting in us. Have we stopped trusting GPs? No, we still trust GPs and we know that he was one bad apple in there.’
In 2000, Dr Shipman was found responsible for a number of premature deaths and jailed for life.
A later enquiry estimated that he murdered more than 200 of his elderly patients by administering massive doses of diamorphine.
Nottingham GP partner Dr Irfan Malik reacted with dismay to the comparison.
The vote about Mr Johnson’s future as Prime Minister was triggered after a sufficient number of Tory MPs expressed their loss of confidence following the ‘Partygate’ scandal, which saw Mr Johnson attend drinks gatherings at Number 10 Downing Street during Covid lockdowns.