Aaron Lane has resigned as the Liberal Party’s upper house candidate for the Western Victoria Region following revelations about a series of homophobic social media posts.

Lane withdrew his candidacy prior to a meeting of the Liberal Party’s Administrative Committee on Friday afternoon.

The news comes just hours after Premier Denis Napthine called for Lane to step down, in the face of widespread criticism over a series of tweets written by Lane in which he used the word “faggot”.

The Liberal Party condemned Lane’s comments in a brief statement.

“The Liberal Party acknowledges that the comments made by Mr Lane on social media are hurtful to many people and are entirely unacceptable,” the statement read.

“While Mr Lane has unreservedly apologised for his comments, the Party believes it is important to send a strong message to the community that this behaviour will not be tolerated.”

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