Chamali Fernando leaves Twitter following wristband comments

Sam Rhodes 19 April 2015

Conservative parliamentary candidate for Cambridge Chamali Fernando has deleted her Twitter account, claiming that she “has been subject to a dirty tricks campaign”. This comes after a hustings this week when Fernando said that people with mental illnesses could wear coloured wristbands to help identify their condition.

Following this event, Fernando claimed on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire that she had received death threats, as well as calls for her to resign, through Twitter. However, Fernando also received criticism from various sources, including the Cambridge University Conservative Association.

Fernando has attested that the comments were misrepresented and that she will not step down over the incident.

However, this is not the first time a Cambridge parliamentary candidate has received calls to stand down in relation to Twitter. In January, Green Party candidate, Rupert Read, came under fire after questioning the use of the word ‘cis’ in a tweet. Speaking at a Green Party Campaign event on Wednesday, Read refused to comment on Chamali’s remarks, saying only that “I don’t think she meant to say what people have said she was saying” and he could sympathise with her because of “foolish comments” he had made “that were then twisted further … reverberated around the internet”.