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‘Everything about UKIP is racist’

GO BACK TO DUDLEY: A UKIP candidate said that black people who complain about diversity should go back to where they came from

A UKIP parliamentary candidate has come to the defence of his party which is now embroiled in another race row after a member remarked that comedian Lenny Henry should “move to a black country”.

UKIP spokesman and former boxer Winston McKenzie, who intends to stand in Croydon North, admitted there were issues with the vetting of candidates and members, but insisted that his party was in “in no way racist”.

The right-wing anti-immigration party was forced to fend off accusations of racism after its Enfield, north London candidate William Henwood responded to West Midlands-born Henry’s campaign to improve diversity in the media, by tweeting: “He should emigrate to a black country. He does not have to live with whites."

Henwood later defended his statement, telling the BBC: “I think if black people come to this country and don't like mixing with white people why are they here? If [Henry] wants a lot of blacks around, go and live in a black country."


Simon Woolley, director of Operation Black Vote (OBV), condemned the statements. He said: “UKIP claims it doesn't want racist candidates yet everything about this party, particularly its most recent EU elections posters, are racist. 
“No surprise then that many bigoted and race hate-filled individuals passionately support and want to stand for this party. We black voters can have our say on May 22 about the kind of society we stand for.”

The incident followed the party’s suspension of one of its local government candidates, Andre Lampitt, for his controversial views on immigrants and Nigerians in particular who he called “mostly bad people.” Lampitt remarked: “Inner peace will come when AIDS does what it should and reduce African density.”

DEFENCE: Winston McKenzie

But McKenzie said he was “proud to be a member of the party” and described leader Nigel Farage’s conduct as “impeccable”.

He said: “Their attitudes toward me and their feelings toward people, particularly from the Commonwealth have been exemplary, and UKIP is the only party to have a proper Commonwealth policy.”

McKenzie also defended the party’s attitude towards immigration, insisting that it was reflective of voters’ desire to manage migration.

In explaining UKIP’s position on immigration, McKenzie stressed that “it is important for us to get over to the black community, that when we talk about immigration, it is not aimed at the people of the Commonwealth”. According to him, “Farage and all those concerned will say their main worry is with eastern Europeans and the uncontrolled numbers coming in”.


He also revealed that if UKIP were to get into power, he would pressure the party’s leadership to have one immigration policy for Europeans and another for Commonwealth countries.

In a statement, UKIP insisted 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.”

The party also took a swipe at its political arch rivals: “One has to question why the other parties are spending hours behaving like secret police and trawling through the social media of UKIP candidates who are everyday men and women, rather than actually doing politics.”

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