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Select 'OK' to continue and allow Verizon Media and our partners to use your data, or select 'Manage options' to view your choices. Sir Desmond wore the costume to a Blues Brothers party in Hampshire seven years ago.
The year-old MP for New Forest West has repeatedly said he has no regrets for what he has described as an 'entirely acceptable bit of fun'. Sir Desmond made a blog post in defence of Mr Trudeau after pictures surfaced of the Canadian leader wearing a costume for an Arabian Nights fancy-dress party.
The MP left admitted to wearing 'blackface' while mounting a defence of Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, who is himself in a blackface storm right, as Aladdin. Mr Trudeau, 47, apologised over the pictures last week, saying: 'I should have known better then, but I didn't and I did it and I'm deeply sorry. Sir Desmond was less apologetic, saying on his blog: 'It was a themed Arabian Nights fancy dress party for heaven's sake!
The same day, he is asked whether or not any pictures exist and tells the MailOnline 'unfortunately not'. Sunday, September Telegraph journalist presents the Tory with a picture sent to the paper. He acknowledges that his wife is in the picture, and says he can't deny that he is next to her.
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He explained the scenario when he dressed as James Brown, saying he 'went to some trouble to be as authentic as possible' in order to look like the legendary singer. He said: 'No one's complained to me about it. The reason I wouldn't do it again is because you have to go to some trouble to get it off.
It's not a non-trivial exercise. The former Army major said he would not apologise and did not understand why white people wearing blackface could be seen as deeply offensive.
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Sir Desmond, who was an MP at the time of the incident, has now said he is 'very relieved' after hearing Mrs Brown Thomas's comments over the incident. Sir Desmond was appointed David Cameron's principal private secretary in to help to drive through Tory party modernisation. His costume choice has since prompted mixed opinion among the Conservative Party. The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline.
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