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Ukip duo resign claiming 'occultists' have infiltrated the party

The Guardian by Steven Morris | Wednesday, 30 July 2014

A Ukip parliamentary candidate and his branch chairman have resigned after claiming the local party is being infiltrated by what they see as "occultists". Jake Baynes, who was to run in the Somerset city of Wells at next year's general election, said he felt he was being driven out by local more...

The day I realised I wasn’t white

imwithdom by imwithdom | Friday, 25 July 2014

I have wanted to talk through the thoughts I’m about to write for years but never felt I had the confidence to articulate what I really mean. It’s taken me days to consider how I’m going to write what I’m about to, I guess that’s testament to how much it more...

Youngsters’ Ramadan harvest for church’s food bank

Yorkshire Evening Post | Wednesday, 16 July 2014

YOUNG members of a mosque in Shadwell are asking their community for food donations during Ramadan to help feed the poor in Leeds. Food collected during the ‘Ramadan Harvest’ at the Baab-Ul-Ilm Centre will be donated to the Moortown Methodist Church food bank at the end of July. The project has been more...

Chuka Umunna: 'UKIP voters racially abused me but you don’t let it get to you'

The Mirror by Jason Beattie | Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Chuka Umunna says he has been subject to “vociferous, racist” abuse from UKIP supporters and accuses Nigel Farage’s party of stoking racial tensions. The Shadow Business Secretary was attacked as a “spear chucker” and a “caveman” when he pointed out some voters, including UKIP supporters, could not use the internet. But his more...

Interfaith Iftars Bring Muslims And Jews Together During Ramadan

Huffington Post by By Lauren Markoe | Tuesday, 15 July 2014

(RNS) Muslim tradition calls for breaking the Ramadan fast in the evening with a date and a sip of water, and increasingly these days, the company of Jews. Muslim-Jewish iftars are popping up across the nation, bringing together dozens and sometimes hundreds of people for a celebratory Ramadan meal and to more...

New Malden Councillor Terry Paton says BNP membership was undercover investigation

This I sL by Nazia Dewji | Tuesday, 15 July 2014

A New Malden councillor says his name appeared on a leaked list of British National Party (BNP) members because he was undercover in the far-right wing group five years ago. The Surrey Comet was alerted this week to ex-policeman and Conservative Terry Paton’s surname, postcode and mobile phone number on the more...

The women behind the rise of the right

The Sun by Gayle Schoales | Monday, 7 July 2014

HER neighbours thought she was a pleasant, polite IT worker who lived with her boyfriend and his brother. Susann Dienelt enjoyed the odd drink with them in the pub, and never displayed any xenophobia other than complaining that the local Greek restaurant “stank of garlic”. But Susann, now 39, had a more...

Police investigating after Britain First go to two Gillingham Mosques

Kent Online by Lizzie Massey | Saturday, 5 July 2014

A right-wing group descended on two mosques in Gillingham threatening action if a planning application for a new place of worship is not withdrawn. It comes after Britain First went to the new Nasir Mosque in Richmond Road, Gillingham, and the Jamia Mosque in Canterbury Street, Gillingham. The group of seven, clad more...

Hospitalised councillor misses court appearance

Thurrock Gazette by Paul Nizinskyj | Thursday, 3 July 2014

UKIP’s leader on Thurrock Council missed a court appearance for drink driving because he was convalescing in hospital with pneumonia. Councillor Robert Ray, 65, was due to appear at Basildon Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday accused of driving while more than twice over the drink drive limit following a party fundraiser at more...

Ukip MEPs' EU anthem protest suggests it's time for them to grow up

The Guardian by Alex Andreou | Thursday, 3 July 2014

The newly constituted European parliament opened yesterday and, as has been the tradition for some years now, an orchestra came in and played Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" – the unofficial EU anthem. The newly elected Ukip MEPs stood up and turned their backs. Tweeting with self-congratulatory grandiosity, the party's Nathan more...