A Tory councillor who suggested parents on benefits should be compulsorily sterilised has resigned.
John Ward was suspended from Medway Council's Conservative Group after a row over controversial comments he made on his personal website.
In a blog entry, Ward attacked those who he claimed "breed for greed".
He said the mother of missing schoolgirl Shannon Matthews, who has had seven children by five fathers, was an example of "Breakdown Britain".
Mr Ward has admitted his comments were "unfortunately worded".
He said: "The idea was to stimulate a debate looking into ways of tackling the situation without anything as drastic as that.
"It obviously didn't work out right. I've had a couple of complaints from people who've been offended by it. I apologise if it has caused offence."
Rodney Chambers, Medway Council's Tory leader said Mr Ward's comments were "deplorable".
"As leader of the Conservative Group I have always stated that I expect all members to demonstrate and uphold the highest standards in public office and public life," he said.
"Councillor Ward has been suspended forthwith from the Conservative Group pending consideration of this matter by the full Group at its earliest opportunity."
A Conservative Central Office spokesman said: "These remarks are abhorrent and the Conservative Party disassociates itself from them."
You know, because people claiming benefits are all cheating the system and are such lazy bastards. It's not as if it's possible to be fired or be to poor to afford the education to get a decent job. The notion that jobs might not be available at all is just completely absurd. And of course, the children of poor parents, such as myself, couldn't have born while the parent in question was gainfully employed, no, that's just ridiculous.
I do agree that benefit fraud is a horrible thing, and that benefits should be regulated a lot more carefully, but this is just the stupidest thing. I mean, wouldn't just cutting of benefits after a certain of children be a much better solution? It'd be cheaper as well.
Even if he didn't mean it, like he tries to convince us, it's such a bloody stupid thing to say. I realise that councillor isn't a position worth two wet farts, but how the hell did he even manage to get that far when he says things like this?