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UKIP’s tail between its legs over racist candidate

RACIST: Andre Lampitt has had his UKIP membership suspended pending an investigation into racially abusive online posts from his Twitter account

LITTLE ENGLAND’S favourite political party UKIP has suspended one of its prominent members in south London for his “repellent” views on Nigerians and immigrants.

The right-wing, anti-immigration party, which is campaigning for Britain to leave the EU, is investigating what council candidate Andre Lampitt posted on social media.

The “extreme racist views”, as one source quoted by BBC News called them, relate to Nigerian people, eastern Europeans, Islam and Labour leader Ed Miliband.

UKIP leader Nigel Farrage, who spends taxpayer money to employ his German wife to work as his personal secretary, said he was “very angry” about Lampitt’s comments.

Lampitt was seeking to become a councillor for UKIP in Merton, south London, before the furore erupted and is likely to result in him being sent packing from the party while it suspends him, pending an investigation.

UKIP has often been criticised for being a party loaded with racists who abhor anything that is not considered traditionally white and British.

Its recently launched national campaign posters, focusing on immigration, were branded as “racist” by one Labour politician, while others accused the party of fear mongering.

Among the many controversial opinions voiced by Lampitt, who was born in Zimbabwe, he claimed Nigerians are “mostly bad people” and stated that Africans should be “left to kill themselves off”.

The suspended UKIP candidate also claimed people should simply “get over” slavery and that it was merely an “act of war”.

A UKIP spokesman said: “We are deeply shocked that Mr Lampitt has expressed such repellent views.

“His membership of the party has been suspended immediately pending a full disciplinary process.”

Speaking to BBC News, Farage said: “I'm very disappointed that someone like this has been allowed to slip through the net.

“Someone somewhere has made a very, very major error.

“Something's gone wrong with our systems. This guy should have been weeded out and he wasn't.”

Despite Lampitt spreading race hate on social media and Twitter, UKIP still used him in an election broadcast.

Writhing under added scrutiny over the type of racist people who join UKIP, Farage added: “Please don't think we have a monopoly on stupid people or extreme people. It happens in all parties, I'm afraid.”

Lampitt’s Twitter account has since been disabled since the outrage kicked off.

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