A Conservative general election candidate told a rival at a debate he was “talking through his turban”.
Tory Philip Dunne is seeking to be returned as MP for the Shropshire constituency of Ludlow and was speaking during hustings in Church Stretton on Wednesday evening.
Labour candidate Kuldip Sahota said he was “shocked and deeply hurt” by Mr Dunne’s words.
Mr Dunne said he apologised “unreservedly for the offence caused”.
The Conservative party has been contacted for comment.
Mr Sahota, former leader of Telford and Wrekin Council, said the remark came after he asked Mr Dunne a question about education funding.
“He said ‘Kuldip, you are talking through your turban’ and there was a sharp intake of breath from those around me,” Mr Sahota said.
He added: “I was shocked and