The chairman of a Conservative association in north London and former councilor has resigned from the Tory party and says he was “deeply sorry” after he was depicted in a Nazi uniform in a photo taken at a party in the 1980s. was taken.
Colin Davis, who specializes in military law, said he was “embarrassed” to dress up in “bad taste costume” after Jewish News revealed a photo of him in full German WWII uniform about 40 years ago.
When he was suspended as chairman of the Enfield Southgate Conservative Association this week, he originally said he had “no recollection” of wearing the robe with a swastika on the sleeve.
But this afternoon he admitted his ‘stupid actions’, apologized and resigned from the Conservative Party, adding that he is ‘very sorry’ for embarrassing others.
Mr Davis was a councilor on Spelthorne Borough Council in Staines, Surrey, from 2007 to 2019, and is also reported to be running in the local elections in May.
Colin Davis, who specializes in military law, was apparently pictured wearing what appears to be a full German WWII uniform in a back yard of a property, as first revealed by Jewish News. Pictured: the Nazi uniform
The suspended chairman of the Enfield Southgate Conservative Association, pictured, said he couldn’t remember being at a reported party or wearing that uniform about 40 years ago
Mr. Davis originally told Jewish News, “I don’t remember any of this. Yes, there were several wild parties, very perverse themes expressed… I can’t rule it out completely.’
But later this afternoon said: ‘I have not seen and forgotten the old photo, which I have now been able to identify.
‘I am deeply ashamed and ashamed that my youthful self thought it appropriate to wear such clothes, even for a bad taste costume. I can only apologize to all those affected by my stupid actions over forty years ago.
“I had completely forgotten about the event and I am deeply sorry for embarrassing others.
“I will resign from the Conservative Party immediately.”
Before the Enfield Southgate Conservatives removed profiles of Mr Davis from their website, the Tory Association had said Mr David was “busy running popular campaigns of national importance and began campaigning for the May local elections.” 2022′.
Mr Davis was listed on the website of a London law firm as specializing in military law, in which he claimed to have ‘good links with the British armed forces’, but stepped down from that position 11 months ago.
A spokeswoman for Carters told MailOnline in response to the Jewish News article: “We are very concerned about an article mentioning this company in reference to Mr Colin Davis.
“The Carters attorneys want to clarify that Colin Davis was never employed by us.
“Mr. Davis served as a consultant to this firm for a short period of time, and this partnership was brought to a close 11 months ago by Carters Solicitors.
“We are shocked and surprised by the contents of the article and disassociate ourselves from Mr Davis and this deplorable behavior.”
Mr. Davis also said, “Please note that I have not had any contact with Carters Solicitors for quite some time.”
The former Conservative MP for Enfield Southgate David Burrowes also works at Carters Solicitors.
He lost his seat in 2017 to Bambos Charalambous for the PvdA, who also defeated him in 2019.
Mr Davis, pictured, was a councilor on Spelthorne Borough Council in Staines, Surrey from 2007 to 2019 and is reportedly also set to run for election in May.
Mr Davis claimed in an online profile on his association’s website that he was ‘born and raised’ in this constituency, saying that ‘we are faced with a hostile Labor-Borough Council and an equally hostile representative in Westminster’.
In the run-up to the May 5 local elections, the Jewish Leadership Council and Council of Deputies met in Cockfosters and the Southgate Synagogue.
Mr Davis, who had not yet been suspended, said he was not “familiar” with the photo and as a council member “declared extremism.”
He added: ‘On the other hand, like Voltaire, I tend to defend those whose own extremism has sometimes manifested itself in extreme forms of intolerance. That does not include the defense of Nazism.’
Councilor Joanne Laban, leader of the Enfield Southgate Conservatives, told MailOnline: ‘Mr Davis has been suspended from the party pending investigation by the Enfield Southgate Conservative Association.
The Conservative Party takes allegations of this nature very seriously and the swift action reflects this.
“We are proud that members of the Jewish Community are participating in local elections. I look forward to adding both Julian Sampson and Ruby Sampson to the Conservative team at Enfield Council.”