In a statement given to ConservativeHome this afternoon about today’s incident, Geoffrey Clifton-Brown told us:

“This was a minor verbal misunderstanding. The police have not contacted me at all. I am mortified that something so minor seems to have been blown out of all proportion and if anyone has been offended, I apologise unreservedly. I will co-operate with the Party in any investigation.”

It’s not yet known if any formal action or inquiry from the Conservative Party will follow.