Ross Peltier, 29, was only selected last week but the party has moved quickly to remove its Batley and Spen candidate due to the “highly offensive” slurs. Dozens of tweets were sent from Mr Peltier’s account between 2010 and 2013, which included a number of homophobic and sexist slights.
But the Green Party had previously described Mr Peltier, a rugby league international, as “a role model for so many”.
Speaking to Yorkshire Live today, the group said it was “a party that champions the rights of LGBTIQA+ people”.
Mr Peltier, who lives with his partner and young children in the constituency, denied being homophobic but has apologised.
In his initial apology on Twitter on Saturday, he said: “A few tweets have come to light from around 10/9 years ago from when I was 19 years of age.
“The language used is not acceptable or appropriate in any way, shape or form. In no way am I homophobic.
“I am sorry if my old tweets have caused harm or upset to anyone.”
Following the Green Party’s decision to remove Mr Peltier, the rugby star issued a revised statement.
It read: “I fully understand and respect the decision made.
“Firstly as I stated in my apology, the words used are terrible and not acceptable in any way, shape or form.
“My apology was taken as insincere because of how it was worded. I am truly sorry.
“I don’t have a campaign team or anyone advising me and that was me genuinely trying to admit wrongdoing and apologise.
“I have reached out to a number of organisations and want to better my education and give time to work with the LGBTQ+ community.
“I just hope in time I can prove to people I have evolved since the time of the tweets and I am trying to truly make amends for my past language.”
The party is now without a candidate for the by election just four weeks before people go to the polls on Thursday July 1.
The deadline for submitted nomination papers is 4pm today, Monday, June 7.
In a statement, the Green Party said: “We were very sorry to learn of Ross Peltier’s historic but highly offensive tweets.
“We are clear that people grow and change and should not be limited by youthful mistakes. But, as a party that champions the rights of LGBTIQA+ people and their support communities, we do not feel it is right for Ross to be the party’s candidate for Batley and Spen by election.”
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