Probe into Tory candidates' sexist jokes on Facebook

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Two Welsh Conservative candidates have apologised to party chiefs for their remarks on Facebook

Two Conservative candidates for the Welsh assembly are under investigation for making sexist and tasteless jokes on the internet.

The remarks were posted on Facebook by Joel James and Daniel Saxton.

The Tories said both had apologised to senior party members for their comments, which they now recognised were "wholly unacceptable".

The jokes have since been taken down from the social networking website.

Mr James, a member of Rhondda Cynon Taff council, will stand in Pontypridd. Mr Saxton is the party's candidate for the Cynon Valley.

A Welsh Conservative Party spokesman said: "Both Daniel Saxton and Joel James have apologised unreservedly to senior members of the Welsh Conservative Party for their comments, which they now recognise are wholly unacceptable.

"The comments have now been removed from their Facebook profiles.

"Their conduct has been referred to the Welsh Conservative Party's standing committee on candidates for further investigation."

Jenny Rathbone, Labour's candidate for Cardiff Central, said: "It is sad that the Welsh Conservatives find it so hard to shed their nasty party image.

She added: "These remarks range from sexist to the frankly depraved and have no place in Welsh politics."