The would-be Conservative MP for Dudley North, Afzal Amin, has resigned as the party’s candidate in the general election.
The announcement was made by a Conservative Spokesperson following allegations that Amin had held discussions with former English Defence Leader (EDL) Tommy Robinson.
“Afzal Amin is resigning as Conservative candidate for Dudley North with immediate effect.
“Conservative Chairman Grant Shapps has welcomed Mr Amin’s decision and thanked him for his work in the past.”
The former Army captain was filmed discussing an attempt to stage a far-right rally in order to bolster his chances of election.
Amin had come out fighting, telling the Today programme he would “make a robust defence of my actions” at a planned disciplinary hearing to be held on Tuesday.
But party sources said he had resigned as candidate “with immediate effect”.
The Conservatives will now move “swiftly” to appoint a new candidate, who must be in place by the time nominations close on April 9, a source said.