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UKIP member tells Lenny Henry to get out of Britain

RACE ROW: UKIP's Henwood, left, and Henry

ANTI-IMMIGRATION PARTY UKIP again finds itself embroiled in race row after one of its local election candidates suggested British comedian Lenny Henry should emigrate to a "black country".

Enfield, north London, candidate William Henwood, created the controversy when he responded to 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 he (Henry) wants a lot of blacks around go and live in a black country."

In a statement, UKIP, which last week suspended prominent member Andre Lampitt for his "repellent" views on Nigerians and immigrants, 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".

Roger Helmer, UKIP West Midlands MEP, insisted Henwood's comments did not represent the party.

He added: “We have an individual who has made totally unacceptable comments. But you will find individuals behaving like that in all parties.”

Conservative health secretary Jeremy Hunt described Henwood's comments about the stage actor and comedian as "absolutely disgusting".

Hunt told BBC Radio 5 live: "I think it is for Nigel Farage to make absolutely clear that that isn't UKIP's official view but also to explain why so many people with those kinds of views seem to be attracted to becoming candidates for UKIP".

Asked if he thought the comments were racist, he said: "Yes I do and that's why I'd like to hear a very clear denunciation from Nigel Farage. I think it's totally unacceptable, and he [Henry] is as British as you or I are."

UKIP's deputy chairman Neil Hamilton, a former Conservative MP, said Henwood's comments were being investigated by the party but he claimed they were a "complete distraction" from the European election campaign and "every party" had "unknown" activists who "who may have said something unpleasant on social media".

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