After the racism row that broke out last week over the UKIP’s European election campaign posters, a UKIP election candidate has suggested that British comedian Lenny Henry should emigrate to a ‘black country’.
Enfield candidate William Henwood, who has since resigned, was responding to recent comments made by Henry that there was a poor representation of ethnic minorities on British television.
On his Twitter account, he tweeted: “He should emigrate to a black country. He does not have to live with whites.”
UKIP continues to insist that the party was “non-racist, non-sectarian” and that “any comments made by members that fail to uphold these values will be duly investigated and acted upon”.
Mr Henwood is not the only candidate to have extreme views revealed in the past week since the party’s manifesto was launched. UKIP Camden candidate Magnus Nielsen claimed that 70 per cent of UK mosques had been “taken over” by “fundamentalists”.
On his Facebook page, he posted outrageous comments which said: “Islam is organised crime under religious camouflage. Any Muslim who is not involved in organised crime is not a ‘true believer’, practising Islam as Mohammed commanded.”
In another incident, UKIP’s Andre Lampitt who appeared in the party’s latest election broadcast was suspended after allegedly expressing “repellent views”. He apparently posted racist and anti-Islamic remarks as well as inappropriate comments about Labour leader Ed Miliband on Twitter.
Despite a bruising week of controversies, a poll suggests Mr Farage’s party has surged into the lead in the European election contest.
UKIP recorded 31 per cent support in the YouGov survey for the Sunday Times, three points ahead of Labour, with the Conservatives trailing in third place with 19 per cent.