Join Date: Feb 2006
Nigel Farage today sought to put a brave face on the growing list of his party's candidates who have made headlines for all the wrong reasons.
People standing for the UK Independence Party have been captured wearing a Jimmy Savile mask, blaming the Holocaust on Jews and branding Margaret Thatcher an 'old w****'.
But Mr Farage defended Somerset candidate Alex Wood, who was pictured apparently giving a Nazi salute, saying he believed the explanation that he was 'imitating a pot plant'.
UKIP candidate Richard Delingpole was forced to defend posting online this picture of himself standing next to Adolf Hitler
Alex Wood, a UKIP candidate in Somerset, was pictured raising his arm in an apparent Nazi salute while Hampshire candidate Bradley Monk, 19, wore a mask of DJ paedophile Jimmy Savile to a Halloween party
Mr Farage also shrugged of criticism from a passerby that the party's campaign bus and two other vehicles, one of which had a disabled badge, were parking in disabled parking bays in Ramsey in Cambridgeshire.
'You can't blame me for everything,' he said as he launched a defence of some of his candidates.
In particular he defended Mr Wood, a UKIP candidate in Somerset, who made front page news when a picture emerged of him raising his arm in an apparent Nazi salute.
Avon and Somerset police today revealed they were investigating a complaint about the image.
Inspector Tim Coombe of Avon and Somerset police said: 'Police have received a report of malicious communication. Our inquiries are ongoing at this time.'
Mr Farage said he 'nearly had kittens' when he first saw the photo' but had since accepted Mr Wood's explanation.
'I've looked carefully into this and spoken to Alex, and I believe him when he says that he was angrily trying to take a camera off his girlfriend who was annoyingly taking pictures of him in the pub imitating a pot plant,' he told Huffington Post.
Mr Farage also insisted it was not his fault the UKIP campaign bus had parked in a disabled parking space during a visit to Ramsey in Cambridgeshire
Political greybeard: UKIP supporter Roger Henson joined the campaign trail in Ramsey Cambridgeshire
UKIP leader Nigel Farage insisted many of the candidates who have embarrassed his party have been 'unfairly traduced'
'WE'RE ALL THATCHER'S CHILDREN': LABOUR CANDIDATE WOOS TORIES
The Labour leaflet tried to make a pitch for Thatcherites
A Labour party candidate has urged Tories to vote for him by claiming: 'We're all Thatcher's children.'
The unlikely pitch for votes was made by Labour's Gous Ali in the Sileby and The Wolds seat on Leicestershire County Council.
The leaflet says: 'You like the Tories but find it hard to vote Labour then vote for me.'
On the reverse it states 'You don't have to be Tory to like...' above a jar of Marmite with the Iron Lady's picture on it. It adds: 'We're all Thatcher's children. Vote for someone who believes in conviction politics.'
Last month Labour leader Ed Miliband denied a claim by David Cameron that 'we're all Thatcherites now'.
Today a Labour party source said: 'The Labour party believes in conviction politics.'
Mr Farage added: 'These things happen - I should know! The fact that this is supported by the people who were with him that night suggests that he has been very unfairly treated.'
UKIP has been forced to admit it does not have the resources to vet all 1,700 candidates it has standing for election tomorrow.
But Mr Farage warned that the increased scrutiny of people who put their names on ballot papers will deter more from entering politics.
He added: 'Whilst it is true that a handful of UKIP candidates have caused us embarrassment, others have been quite unfairly traduced.
'After the election I will go into details of false allegations and the downright intimidation that has happened to some of our good people.
'All I can say is that this will put off many people from standing to serve their local communities in the future, which is not only a great shame but very harmful to real democracy when ordinary people are caught in the crossfire.'
He also defended his party against accusations of racism after two candidates were found to have links to the British National Party (BNP).
Mr Farage said: 'We are the only party in British politics who expressly state that if you have been a member of the BNP or extremist organisation, you can't even join us as a member let alone a candidate.
'We have fielded 1,740 candidates and there are just two people who have quite willfully lied about their previous political links.'
David Cameron welcomed the greater attention being paid to the people standing for UKIP.
He told BBC Radio 4: 'Their policies are coming under scrutiny, their candidates are coming under scrutiny, and that is a welcome part of the political debate.
'But, as leader of the Conservative party, and as Prime Minister, I’m going add my heft, if you like, to this campaign to say ‘think about the council tax, think about local services, think about which team will deliver good services at a low cost, and that’s the Conservatives.
'As I say, parties should speak for themselves. I welcome the scrutiny of other parties’ policies and candidates – I think that’s only fair and right in a democracy. And where parties come up short, they have to explain themselves.'
Meanwhile Lord Tebbit has urged tactical voters to back the UK Independence Party in tomorrow’s local elections.
In an extraordinary intervention, the Tory grandee said UKIP’s policies were now those ‘closest to a traditional Conservative agenda’.
And he urged Right-leaning voters in Labour areas to vote tactically for whichever candidate had the best chance of causing an upset – even if they are not Conservative.
Mr Farage pictured outside a pub in Ramsey has called for an end to the smoking ban in pubs
Mr Farage said UKIP was the only party to have a rule banning people who have previously been members of the BNP
'UKIP AREN'T LOONIES... WE ARE!' MONSTER RAVING PARTY HITS BACK
Lord Toby Jug from the Official Monster Raving Loony Party
The UK Independence Party is not worthy of the description 'fruitcakes and loonies', the leader of the Monster Raving Loony Party's eastern region has said.
In a letter to The Independent, Lord Toby Jug said the use of the term 'loonies' had become 'cavalier' and it was his party who sought 'the Holy grail of Looynism'.
David Cameron famously branded Ukip members "fruitcakes, loonies and closet racists, mostly" in 2006.
Amid growing signs that the Tories could haemorrhage support to UKIP, David Cameron signalled an end to personal attacks on his rivals, insisting: 'I'm not calling anybody anything.'
Pollsters predict UKIP could win between 40 and 100 seats when voters got to polls in 34 councils in England and Wales.
Nigel Farage's anti-EU party is fielding almost as many candidates as the Lib Dems, and is confident of coming at least third in the overall share of the vote.
One poll of areas where elections are being held on Thursday put UKIP on 22 per cent, well ahead of the Lib Dems on 12 per cent and only just behind Labour on 24 per cent.
The Conservatives were in first on 31 per cent, but Tory strategists fear their recent attacks on UKIP could backfire and see more voters switch to back Mr Farage.
Lord Tebbit, who has been warned by David Cameron against making pro-UKIP remarks – said he would vote Conservative because he supported his local Tory council.
But, in comments on a newspaper blog that could result in disciplinary action, he added: ‘If you have a Labour councillor then I suggest that the best vote is the one most likely to replace him or her with either a Conservative, UKIP or sound independent one.’
A ComRes poll for the Coalition for Marriage of the 34 areas where there are local elections taking place put UKIP just two points behind Labour
UKIP has been under sustained assault from the Tories, with Kenneth Clarke branding the party a ‘collection of clowns’ supported by 'racists'.
And Tory sources believe the anti-EU party could do serious damage tomorrow with Conservatives potentially forced to go into coalition with UKIP councillors in once-safe Tory areas.
But Lord Tebbit said his party’s tactics were counterproductive and accused senior Tories, including Mr Clarke, of waging a ‘smear campaign’ against UKIP which could drive disaffected voters into the arms of the smaller party.
'Nazi salute was me grabbing phone'
UKIP candidate Alex Wood is pictured apparently making a Nazi salute (left) and clenching a knife between his teeth (left). He said he was reaching for a camera and denies being a racist
Somerset candidate Alex Wood was suspended from the party pending a police investigation into a series of allegedly racist postings on his Facebook page.
In one picture he was photographed apparently making a Nazi salute although he said: 'The supposed wrong hand salute is actually me grabbing after a friend's phone.' In another image, he was pictured in front of a Union flag holding a dagger between his teeth.
He said: '‘I am completely against the Nazi beliefs, I am a democratic libertarian.’
'N***** in the woodpile'
Rob Fraser, a former Tory councillor, now Ukip candidate in Leicestershire is no stranger to racist controversy having already been investigated twice in the past three years.
One was for using the phrase ‘n***** in the woodpile’ and the second for saying Romanian travellers would ‘stick a knife in you as soon as they look at you’.
He was suspended for a month in 2009 and sent for ‘intensive’ diversity classes. He said at the time: ‘I regret using the phrase but I wasn’t using it in a racist manner...You have to be so careful what you say these days but I can’t stop being me.’
'I'm not endorsing Jimmy Savile'
Hampshire candidate Bradley Monk, 19, wore a mask of DJ paedophile Jimmy Savile to a Halloween party last year. A photo was posted online.
He told The Sun: 'It was meant as a harmless joke. I'm in no way endorsing Savile — what he did was disgusting.'
UKIP candidate Richard Delingpole was forced to defend posting online this picture of himself standing next to Adolf Hitler
Richard Delingpole, 46, is standing for UKIP in Blackmore Vale, Somerset. He posted a photo mock-up on Facebook of himself stood next to Adolf Hitler. Opponents said the stunt was ‘shocking and abhorrent’ but he said it was a joke to highlight how Tories were trawling social media accounts to embarrass UKIP candidates.
He said: ‘It's clearly a picture I have Photoshopped, it shows we've got a sense of humour.’
'It’s just ethnic banter'
Chris Scotton, another candidate in Leicestershire was exposed as an activist for the far-right English Defence League, which has been linked to violent demonstration in Leicester and elsewhere.
The 24-year-old was suspended by ULIP for expressing his support for the group on Facebook in 2010.
He also ‘liked’ a site called ‘I hate [it] when I lose my black friend in the dark’, dismissed racism as ‘just ethnic banter’ and ‘liked’ a number of sexist pages on Facebook, including one which derides ‘fat slags’.
'Exercise stops children becoming gay'
John Sullivan posted these comments online where he appeared to suggest physical exercise 'released boys tensions and thus avoided homo-sexuality'
John Sullivan, a candidate in Gloucestershire is being investigated for homophobia, after apparently claiming on Facebook that regular exercise in schools can prevent children becoming gay.
In comments which have since been removed, claimed regular exercise for children ‘released tension and thus avoided homosexuality’, according to a website. He also said supporters of gay marriages were ‘termites’, and congratulated Russia for banning gay pride marches. He is still standing for election.
'World War Two was engineered by the Jews'
UKIP candidate Anna-Marie Crampton (left) posed with party leader Nigel Farage but was suspended for online comments about the Holocaust
Anna-Marie Crampton, representing the party in East Sussex was suspended after claiming that the Holocaust was caused by the Jews.
Web comments made in her name in February said: The Second World Wide War was engineered by the Zionist Jews and financed by the banksters’.
And went on: ‘It was thanks to them that six million Jews were murdered in the war along with 26 million Russians’. She claimed her account had been hacked. Her name will still appear on the ballot paper at next week’s election even though she has been suspended pending an investigation.
But she has now written a song urging people to vote for UKIP. She said: 'I still endorse UKIP they are the way forward. I am not the only member that has been the victim of a dirty tricks campaign.'
'Margaret Thatcher is an old w****'
Ken Bell, a candidate for Pendle Central in Lancashire has attracted attention for his unsavoury views since joining Twitter earlier this year, at one point describing Margaret Thatcher as ‘an old w****’, and declaring his admiration for Joseph Stalin.
Mr Bell, who trumpets the fact his wife is from Mexico in campaign literature and describes himself as a socialist and ex-Labour member, has been accused of ridiculing the disabled, being homophobic and making lewd attacks on political opponents. He said he had ‘no regrets’ but has now stood down.
'Just a general hatred for humans'
Zoe Philpson, running for Northumberland County Council, lists her activities on Facebook as a ‘general hatred for most humans’.
She has also ‘liked’ comments such as ‘God made every person different then he got to china and thought F**K IT’ and ‘Two chavs jump off a cliff. Who wins?...society.’ She is still standing for election
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.....ok, what's wrong with calling the old witch an old witch? I assume it was witch, since [email protected]
would a) have an extra star and b) doesn't tend to apply to females.
Above post is my opinion unless it's a quote.