Ann Myatt has apologised for her “ill-judged” comments which left Labour's Tracy Brabin, a friend of Mrs Cox, visibly shocked and members of the audience gasping and groaning.
Dr Myatt, speaking at the meeting, said: “This sort of evening is absolutely first-rate because we have here people of all faiths, we have here people from different parts of the community and we’ve not yet shot anybody so that’s wonderful.”
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The Tory candidate for Jo Cox's former constituency made a poorly timed gun joke
I wholeheartedly apologise for my ill-judged remarks at the hustings and for any offence they caused
The candidate’s remarks caused instant outrage and she quickly apologised, admitting that it was a “stupid comment”.
She continued: “What I’m saying is this is a very good example of how you can come together.
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“This happens to be about politics but if you could have things, as you said, about cricket and about maybe cooking – you know, that wonderful lady who won the Bake Off.”
Dr Myatt, a consultant dermatologist in the NHS, unsuccessfully campaigned in the 2010 and 2015 General Elections.
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The Tories had hoped they could win the seat given that they were only 6,000 votes behind Labour in the 2015 election.
In a statement released later, she said: “I wholeheartedly apologise for my ill-judged remarks at the hustings and for any offence they caused.
“I said sorry at the time and would like to apologise again for my comments, which were out of character and came at the end of a tiring day.”
Andrew Gwynne, Labour's National Election Coordinator, responding the remarks made by Ms Myatt said: “These remarks are appalling.
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Myatt apologised for her comments and said they were made at the end of a tiring day
“That they come from the Conservative candidate beggars belief. She should immediately apologise and frankly so should Theresa May's campaign.”
MP Jess Phillips added that the “astonishing” remarks were “really not a joking matter”.
The Labour politician was quick to comment on the joke and requested an apology from Theresa May
The murder of Mrs Cox in June last year shocked the nation, and her killer Thomas Mair is now serving life in prison.
David Keeton, a friend of the late MP, told the Mirror: “My initial reaction at what she said was shock, then utter abhorrence that someone could say such a thing under any circumstances, let alone here less than a year after our wonderful MP Jo Cox was murdered by a far-right terrorist.”