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UKIP Official: Still Involved With Far Right Group

posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Thursday, 30 April 2015, 19:09

I blogged a little earlier about how UKIP are incapable of telling the truth, well here is yet another example of a leading UKIP official who just can't himself when it comes to telling big fat porkies.

Christopher Gillibrand, UKIP parliamentary candidate for the Welsh constituency of Dwyfor Meirionnydd was exposed by the media as the vice-president of the far-right Traditional Britain Group.

It was the same TBG that shockingly said Baroness Lawrence, mother of murdered black teenager Stephen Lawrence was 'totally without merit' and should 'return to her natural homeland with millions of others'.

Soon after the exposure, Gillibrand resigned his position with the group,with UKIP attempting to distance themselves from the TBG.

Aside from Gillibrand, another leading UKIP man was exposed by the media for his links to the TBG.

David Soutter, UKIP’s head of candidates is responsible for vetting all the party’s general election candidates, he was also an active member of the TBG.

Soutter, claims he left the group in 2013 because he was unhappy with the Baroness Lawrence comments.

However, we can exclusively reveal that Soutter is still involved with the group, acting as admin on the TBG NW Facebook group, was NW organiser AFTER the Baroness Lawrence comments and still takes part in online discussion with its members.

Speaking at the UKIP spring conference in February, Soutter urged UKIP candidates to behave in such a way as to not let their party down, especially when it comes to social media.

People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones Mr Soutter.

 Posted: 30 Apr 2015 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Liar Liar:UKIP Pants On Fire

posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Thursday, 30 April 2015, 13:33

Dr Lee Upcraft:

Dr Lee Upcraft:

Quite frankly I'm sick of UKIP telling lies to protect their candidates who have been exposed in the media.

Hope not hate have been at the brunt of their lies, with UKIP claiming they have been the victims of dirty tricks and on some occasions have seen their social media accounts hacked by us.

One such liar is Dr Lee Upcraft, UKIP candidate for Wantage and UKIP Oxfordshire chairman.

Hope not hate revealed that two of Upcraft's fellow UKIP candidates, Alan Harris & Dickie Bird had posted offensive, racist and homophobic messages on their Facebook pages.

Upcraft told The Oxford Mail at the start of April that UKIP had asked Thames Valley Police to investigate the images released by Hope not hate, claiming that they were fake.

Dr Upcraft said he believed if the posts were real they would have been picked up UKIP's "vetting" procedure last year.

The Wantage candidate said “I can’t pre-empt the formal investigation, but some of the evidence is questionable. We maintain that these images are faked".

One of the candidates, Oxford West and Abingdon PPC Alan Harris refused to attend a hustings event organised by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) claiming he had received death threats following his postings being made public.

Thames Valley Police spokeswoman Charlotte Redman confirmed at the time that they had not received reports about any death threats made against Alan Harris or any of his UKIP colleagues.

I rang Thames Valley Police yesterday and spoke to Charlotte Redman and we had an interesting little chat.

She confirmed that Thames Valley Police have received no complaints from UKIP or Dr Lee Upcraft concerning their claims that they have been the victims of a hacking campaign.

This goes hand in hand with the admission by Raheem Kassam, Chief Adviser to UKIP leader Nigel Farage who told Buzzfeed reporter Jim Waterson "If they’re guilty, they often give a bullshit excuse about being hacked. If not guilty, they will provide evidence.”

How do you know when UKIP are lying? Easy, their lips move...

 Posted: 30 Apr 2015 | There are 2 comments | make a comment/view comments

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UKIP Candidate Labels Gurkhas As "Parasites"

posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Tuesday, 28 April 2015, 16:38

A UKIP candidate has referred to The Gurkhas and their families stationed in the UK as parasites.

Bill Walker, the UKIP parliamentary candidate for Aldershot wrote yesterday:

"Well said, . Parasites should send their money home. Plus, we should not be taking more in."

Here is the full exchange

 Posted: 28 Apr 2015 | There are 91 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Hobson's Hatred: Nottingham UKIP Candidate Exposed

posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Tuesday, 28 April 2015, 11:29

Just nine days to go and the list of UKIP candidates who can't control themselves on social media just gets bigger and bigger.

Latest on the list is Nottingham candidate Shaun Hobson who is standing as the UKIP candidate in the Aspley ward on Nottingham city council.

Hobson isn't someone I'd describe as a shrinking violet, he likes to wear his hatred very much on his sleeve.

Shaun Hobson like so many UKIP candidates can't help resorting to disgusting homophobia, labelling members of the gay community as perverts.

The Aspley UKIP man like plenty of other UKIP candidates hates Islam and Muslims and doesn't care who knows it, including one posting where he calls for Muslims to be attacked.

Maybe Hobson will claim his views have changed or that he has been hacked, but whatever his pitiful excuse will be you can guarantee UKIP will stand by their man.

 Posted: 28 Apr 2015 | There are 6 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Wallasey UKIP Candidate Exposed

posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Sunday, 26 April 2015, 21:16

Geoff Caton, UKIP's Parliamentary candidate for Wallasey doesn't appear to have much time for gays or Pakistanis.

I'm guessing this will be another UKIP candidate that Nigel Farage and UKIP HQ refuse to take any action over.

 Posted: 26 Apr 2015 | There are 4 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Farage In Hot Water: UKIP Leader Attended 2012 Event Alongside Members Of Violent Far Right Group

posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Friday, 24 April 2015, 16:12

UKIP’s Jonathon Childs & Nigel Farage

UKIP’s Jonathon Childs & Nigel Farage

UKIP leader Nigel Farage attended a Great Yarmouth fundraising event also attended by members of the violently racist English Defence League (EDL), HOPE not hate can exclusively reveal.

The event, organised by UKIP Norfolk County councillor Jonathon Childs, is a regular fundraiser for the Viking Family Support Group (VFSG), set up to provide support for family of soldiers serving with the Royal Anglian Regiment.

It was held at The Grange Hotel in Ormesby St Margaret near Great Yarmouth, for which Jonathon Childs is the landlord.

In 2012 a splinter of The English Defence League, The North West Infidels (NWI), confirmed that "Jonathon" held the event and that the EDL attended, along with The Sidewinders Scooter Club. Over £5,000 was raised on the day for the VFSG.




Jonathon Childs [left] with EDL man Ivan Humble

Jonathon Childs(left) with EDL organiser Ivan Humble

Another blog posting, this time by Ivan Humble, who was the East Anglian EDL organiser in 2012, says:

"This has to go down as one of the best nights we have had for the VFSG (Viking Family Support Group),With near on £5000 Raised with more money to come in."

"Within the massive turnout the was a few members from Ukip and even Nigel Farrage(sic) turned up to show his support.”



UKIP claims it doesn't allow its members to have been involved in far-right groups such as the EDL – which leaves Farage, Childs and the party itself in rather a tricky position.

Childs is an active EDL supporter. He has hosted a number of events at his hotel where the EDL have been invited. The UKIP councillor has also made a catalogue of offensive postings on social media.

In 2010 in one Facebook posting, Childs confirmed that the EDL and its Welsh counterpart, The Welsh Defence League (WDL), had attended a fundraiser. The leader of the WDL at the time was a convicted violent thug, Jeff Marsh, jailed three times for violence, including a two-year sentence for stabbing two football supporters.

Childs held the event again in 2011, adding just a little bit of hatred for good measure.

Jonathon Childs seems to have no problem displaying his support for the EDL on social media and even urges some of his Facebook friends to join the thuggish anti-Muslim group.

In one posting he confirmed he had purchased EDL merchandise.

Because the Norfolk UKIP councillor is such a huge fan of the EDL it should come as no surprise that he has an abject hatred of Muslims and Islam.

Despite the fact that UKIP representatives often consider themselves "patriots" and love the monarchy, it appears this is not the case with Jonathon Childs, who labels Prince Charles a “retard".

And to top it all we find a posting directed at Lord Peter Mandelson where Childs labels him a "jewish poofter”.

With just under a fortnight to go until election day, HOPE not hate wants to ask UKIP three simple questions:

Why have you let Jonathan Childs remain a UKIP member, let alone an elected representative, when his EDL-supporting views have been posted on social media for five years?

What does Nigel Farage have to say about attending an event alongside violent anti-Muslim thugs?

Doesn’t this make UKIP’s policy of ‘banning’ far-right supporters something of a farce?

Surely the people of Great Yarmouth, and Norfolk, deserve better on 7th May.

 Posted: 24 Apr 2015 | There are 3 comments | make a comment/view comments

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UKIP Adopt Far Right Tactics

posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Wednesday, 22 April 2015, 18:47

A UKIP MEP and parliamentary candidate has borrowed a tactic from the far right, by attempting to intimidate anyone who dares to disagree with his viewpoint.

Bill Etheridge, West Midlands MEP is the UKIP prospective parliamentary candidate for the Dudley North constituency and is also a Dudley councillor.

Hope not hate had a team of campaigners delivering our leaflets in the Dudley area today, when they were approached by a small group of UKIP supporters who approached in a threatening manner, with the intention of preventing our leaflets being delivered, despite the fact we are a registered third party with The Electoral Commission.

The UKIP supporters followed the HNH team for some time, taking photographs of the HNH activists whilst they continued to deliver their leaflets. Within a matter of minutes, one of the photographs taken was posted by Bill Etheridge on to his personal Facebook page.

The posting received a large number of comments from Etheridge's supporters, some of them violent and threatening.As I write this blog, Etheridge has so far failed to remove or condemn any of the comments, We've included some of the more offensive examples.

The behaviour by UKIP in Dudley is sadly not an isolated incident.
One Hope not Hate campaigner was assaulted by a UKIP councillor in Great Yarmouth on Saturday, whilst two different UKIP councillors took photographs of campaigners as they arrived in the area to deliver HNH leaflets.

Further north in Grimsby, a group of UKIP supporters including councillors turned up to "observe" a HNH event in the town.
Police were later called after a separate unknown group turned up at the event at Grimsby Town Hall and attempted to intimidate the HNH campaigners.

The following day a gang of thugs attacked a Hope not hate team in the East Marsh area of Grimsby, stole their leaflets and threatened "you're in EDL territory now". Despite the intimidation, Hope not Hate still managed to deliver a large number of leaflets in the Grimsby area.

With two weeks still to go to election day will we see further UKIP intimidation?

 Posted: 22 Apr 2015 | There are 5 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Barry The Bigot From Blackpool

posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Tuesday, 21 April 2015, 21:42

I looked up the word "Bigot" in the dictionary. It said "a person who is intolerant, a person who hates or refuses to accept members of a particular group such as a racial or religious group.

It seemed a perfect explanation of the word, so let me introduce you to Barry the bigot from Blackpool.

Barry the bigot is probably better known by his real name, Barry Wells and as to be expected, Barry the bigot is a UKIP candidate, standing in the Hawes Side ward on Blackpool Council.

Like an awful lot of UKIP candidates, Wells is a big fan of the far right rival Britain First party.

He also appears to like The British National Party as well as the UK chapter of the German far right Pegida movement.

Like a huge number of UKIP candidates he has real problems with immigration.

And like a huge number of UKIP candidates he has real problems with Islam.

So I think it is fair to say Barry Wells is very much the bigot from Blackpool.

 Posted: 21 Apr 2015 | There are 3 comments | make a comment/view comments

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UKIP Candidate Mocks Victims Of Mediterranean Tragedies.

posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Tuesday, 21 April 2015, 09:58

A UKIP candidate has plunged to new depths by retweeting a sick post poking fun at the recent tragedies that saw hundreds of migrants drown in the Mediterranean Sea.

Peter Endean, UKIP candidate for the Plympton Erle ward and Plymouth UKIP communications manager reposted the offensive message on his personal Twitter page.

The posting shows an image of some of the survivors with the wording "Labour's new floating voters.Coming to a country near you soon".

 Posted: 21 Apr 2015 | There are 5 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Kirklees UKIP Call On The BNP For Help.

posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Monday, 20 April 2015, 22:05

The links between UKIP and the far right appear to be growing on a daily basis and Hope not hate can exclusively reveal another damning piece of evidence that links the two together.

Nominations for the general & local elections closed at the start of April. As we have detailed before, If a candidate wishes to stand in the local authority elections, He/she is required to correctly fill out the appropriate application and collect 10 nominations from people who support your candidature and who also live in the ward.

Kirklees used to be considered a BNP stronghold just a few years ago and had the misfortune of having three BNP councillors on the local council. Thankfully, those days are long gone and the BNP are as dead as a dodo in the area, only to have been replaced by UKIP, who would love to replicate the success the BNP had in the area at their peak.

So, If the BNP are moribund in the Kirklees region where have all their supporters gone?
Checking Kirklees candidates nomination papers may hold the information we require.

Candidate nomination forms are a public document and anyone can go along to the local election office at their council and check. We strongly advise all of our readers to do this in the future, you might be in for a surprise.

Golcar used to be a strong ward for the BNP, with large votes guaranteed whenever the far right stood a candidate, so it might be possible rich pickings for UKIP next month?

Standing for UKIP in the Golcar ward is Oliver Rees , a relatively unknown Huddersfield business studies student from the Cowersley area of the town.

Like his counterparts in Kirklees BNP, Oliver Rees likes to be photographed playing the hard man with firearms.

Guns, However, aren't the only thing Oliver Rees has in common with Kirklees BNP.

As I said at the start of this blog, council candidates require 10 nominations and these can be easily checked by the public.

Two names stand out like sore thumbs on Oliver Rees' application form, the husband and wife duo of Jonathan and Deborah Wright, both BNP veteran activists and candidates.

Jonathan Wright was for a time the Huddersfield BNP organiser and stood as a BNP candidate on four occasions between 2007 and 2010, even standing in the same Golcar ward in 2010. His wife Deborah stood twice for the BNP between 2007 - 2008.

The fact that UKIP had to rely on the BNP for nominations is bad enough, however we can reveal that once Huddersfield UKIP chairman and prospective parliamentary candidate for the town Rob Butler became aware of the BNP involvement, he and his fellow members on the Huddersfield UKIP committee have attempted a cover up.

However, someone should have informed Oliver Rees, as he has been telling anyone and everyone who will listen.

 Posted: 20 Apr 2015 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Mick Braun Is Loving UKIP

posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Monday, 20 April 2015, 21:41

One of Nick Griffin's biggest sycophants has thrown his weight behind Nigel Farage and his purple revolution.

Remember, this is the same Mick Braun who advocated the spraying of ethnic minorities with acid.

Nigel will be so pleased.

 Posted: 20 Apr 2015 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Borders Control

posted by: Private Eye | on: Monday, 20 April 2015, 10:38

Barry Edwards

Barry Edwards

It isn't only George Galloway who can issue legal threats against electors who displease him.
The UKIP candidate standing against Vince Cable is reporting voters in his Twickenham constituency to the police for the criminal offence of wondering whether he is a landscape gardener.

The row began when UKIP candidate Barry Edwards barged into an election discussion on local online forum Twickerati. "As an expert in population dynamics and resource management" he wrote "I find most of the comment here ill informed and very dangerous for the future of the UK."

He also claimed "I am an environmental scientist and analyst and believe in the rigorous scrutiny of information".

Since the CV of his election statement doesn't say much about what he actually does for a living "I am a family man and run a business within the borough" Some Twickerati began Googling. Writing as "Dr NHS", a hospital consultant posted "I have had a little search around and as far as I can make out (and I accept I might be wrong) he's a landscape gardener based in St Margarets. A noble enough calling, to be sure, but the way he talks I was imagining him in either a lab or with a team of statisticians at his disposal".

To which Edwards replied "Landscape gardener ,wrong, very poor research".

Since he's still didn't say what is real job was, Twickerati commenters tried to research more diligently. They found that in 2006, when he stood as an independent in the local elections, his manifesto described him as "Business owner, St Margarets Landscaping -15 years in St Margarets".
Sure enough they also found the website for St Margarets Landscaping, which claims to have been founded "20 years ago".

This evidence, Dr NHS wrote, suggested that perhaps Barry Edwards was a landscape gardener after all, whereupon the UKIP man went berserk.
He accused the doctor of committing a serious criminal offence by making "a false statement of facts about the personal character or conduct of an election candidate".

Edwards demanded physical proof of his landscape gardening to be "posted here tomorrow or a complete apology and retraction or I am going to the police".

He warned other commenters to " think very carefully" before making any further remarks about landscape gardening, or he'd shop them to the police as well.

"As a future legislator," he explained "I a'm very keen on the rule of law and to ensure people follow it "

Future what? Shome mishtake shurely.

Taken from Private Eye

 Posted: 20 Apr 2015 | There are 3 comments | make a comment/view comments

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This UKIP Candidate Isn't A Fan Of The BBC It Seems

posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Sunday, 19 April 2015, 21:55

It seems this UKIP prospective parliamentary candidate has a fairly low opinion of the BBC.

Nathan Somerville is the UKIP PPC for Livingston.

What a delightful lad...

 Posted: 19 Apr 2015 | There are 9 comments | make a comment/view comments

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UKIP councillor Tom Andrews arrested over alleged assault in Great Yarmouth

posted by: BBC | on: Saturday, 18 April 2015, 21:29

A UKIP councillor has been arrested in connection with an alleged assault in Great Yarmouth.

Tom Andrews is believed to have been involved in an altercation with a campaigner from Hope Not Hate.

The group, which "seeks to challenge and defeat the politics of hate and extremism", was meeting at Drill Hall when the alleged incident happened at about 11:00 BST.

Norfolk Police said a 72-year-old man from Caister-on-Sea was in custody.

Mr Andrews was elected to Great Yarmouth Borough Council last year.


 Posted: 18 Apr 2015 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments

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UKIP MP Hopeful Links Up With Violent EDL Former Leader Tommy Robinson

posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Friday, 17 April 2015, 21:23

Anne Marie Waters

Anne Marie Waters

UKIP's Parliamentary candidate for Lewisham East is linking up with violent thug and EDL founder Stephen Lennon to launch a right wing think tank.

Anne Marie Waters joins Lennon aka Tommy Robinson at the launch party of "VOICE-Victims of Islamic Cultural Extremism" just days after the General Election at a central London venue.

According to the advert for the event, Waters will be interviewing Lennon and will be available to answer questions along with the former EDL leader.

Lennon has a lengthy criminal record including convictions for drug offences, assaulting a policeman, mortgage fraud, football hooliganism, public order offences and passport offences.

 Posted: 17 Apr 2015 | There are 2 comments | make a comment/view comments

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UKIP's Stretford & Urmston Candidate Thinks Islam is "Despicable"

posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Thursday, 16 April 2015, 18:44

Stretford & Urmston wannabe MP Kalvin Chapman is hoping to represent UKIP in Westminster following the general election next month.

Solicitor Chapman specializes in banking litigation. He also specializes in posting anti Islamic messages on Facebook.

Posting on the "Loud Atheism" Facebook page, Chapman spits his poison for all to see.

 Posted: 16 Apr 2015 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments

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UKIP Councillor Nominates Former BNP Elections Guru

posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Tuesday, 14 April 2015, 21:18

Dan Long

Dan Long

A Harlow UKIP councillor has caused controversy by nominating a candidate for a rival political party in the Harlow Parliamentary elections.

Dan Long, who represents the Bush Fair ward on Harlow Council nominated The English Democrat candidate despite his own party fielding their own parliamentary hopeful Sam Stopplecamp.

However, the story is far bigger than the local Harlow Star newspaper reports, as The English Democrat candidate Long chose to nominate was none other than Eddy Butler, former National Elections Officer of the British National Party, who also attempted to become leader of the BNP, challenging Nick Griffin for the leadership in 2010.

How very embarrassing for Dan Long & for UKIP.

 Posted: 14 Apr 2015 | There are 2 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Magnus Nielsen: A Bastion Of Bad Taste

posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Tuesday, 14 April 2015, 20:25

What a delightful chap Magnus Nielsen, UKIP's parliamentary candidate for Hampstead & Kilburn is.

 Posted: 14 Apr 2015 | There are 2 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Leeds UKIP Candidate Craig Sweaton: An Update.

posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Tuesday, 14 April 2015, 18:33

Last week I revealed some disturbing posts by Leeds UKIP candidate Craig Sweaton, you can read more here.

Sweaton is the Leeds UKIP candidate for Middleton Park on Leeds City council and is also chairman of the West Leeds & Pudsey UKIP branch.

One post in particular raised an eyebrow, Sweaton advocates that people bury bacon to prevent the future construction of mosques in the area.

The local radio station BBC Radio Leeds picked up on the story and attempted to speak to Craig, who refused to appear on air but claimed that the story was false and that Hope not hate had fabricated the screen grabs by using photoshop.

Hope not hate of course refutes that and as we have nothing to hide I was interviewed by BBC Radio Leeds where I issued a challenge to Sweaton and UKIP: If you believe that you have been hacked or that we have created fake evidence, report us to the police and get them to investigate.

Sweaton took his Facebook profile temporarily offline whilst he deleted any offending posts.

One other factor was that Sweaton was a parent governor at his local school, the same school that his children attend.

Following the coverage regarding the Leeds UKIP candidate, the school, St. Philip's Catholic Primary and Nursery School issued a statement on their website, that was also sent out to parents:

"Dear Parents/Carers

Mr Craig Sweaton has this morning resigned as parent governor at St Philip’s following the distribution of alleged Facebook comments. The process to elect a new parent governor will begin in due course.

May we take this opportunity to completely distance our school, our Governing Body and ourselves, from these alleged comments which run completely counter to our school’s Catholic ethos, inclusivity and the spirit of equality which we wholeheartedly promote."

The question remains, if he is innocent why has he resigned?

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Leeds UKIP Parliamentary Candidate's Car Crash Interview

posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Tuesday, 14 April 2015, 14:34

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A Confused Kipper

posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Sunday, 12 April 2015, 21:43

We've come across a few strange and confused UKIP candidates over the past few years, but we think this one beats them all.

Wanting to be an MP for the Islington North constituency is UKIP candidate Greg Clough.

Like most of his comrades in UKIP, Clough believes that migrants who arrive in the UK should be required to be working and gain citizenship before being able to claim benefits and receive medical treatment from the NHS.

Nothing unusual there you might think, most UKIP candidates echo the same bigotted claptrap.

What sets Greg Clough out from the rest is that the UKIP man is Australian and lives in Islington with his Greek-American wife.

He also admits that he had access to NHS treatment before he became a UK citizen in 2005.


 Posted: 12 Apr 2015 | There are 6 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Bill Walker: Aldershot UKIP PPC Busted...

posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Saturday, 11 April 2015, 11:16

Now that nominations for the May elections has closed, lot of names suddenly appear on the Hope not hate radar. One such name is the UKIP Aldershot parliamentary candidate Bill Walker.

Walker has a long political history, working as a political campaign assistant to Conservative MP's Jeremy Hanley and Damien Green.

Shifting over to UKIP, Walker became Aldershot UKIP branch secretary in 2013.

So with such a political pedigree you'd expect Bill Walker to know how to behave....he doesn't.

Here we have one grab, taken from his personal Facebook page where he thinks clinical strikes against mosques in Luton & Bradford would possibly be a good idea.

Maybe he just has a problem with Muslims in the UK? It appears so.

In his spare time Walker is a huge fan of the Russian tyrant leader Vladimir Putin.

And is prepared to share posts by the far right Traditional Britain Group to demonstrate his support


Bill Walker, an Islamophobic Putin fan, who does that remind you of in UKIP?

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UKIP Spin Doctor Labels Muslim MEPs As Taliban

posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Saturday, 11 April 2015, 10:48

UKIP's leading European spin doctor has been embroiled in controversy after it was revealed he labelled two Muslim MEP's as "Taliban".

Hermann Kelly, The Director of Communications for the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy group in the European Parliament, the group formed and lead by UKIP in the EU, made the controversial comments in February on his personal Twitter page.

Kelly made the comments following the defection of Amjad Bashir MEP from UKIP to The Conservative Party.

One comment made on Twitter read:

Another read:

Obviously @AmjadBashir is the turncoat ex UKIP MEP, however, @SHKMEP is North West conservative MEP Sajjad Karim.

MEPs : Sajjad Karim & Amjad Bashir

MEPs : Sajjad Karim & Amjad Bashir

Kelly's comments will no doubt cause further embarrassment following similar comments made by David Coburn, Scottish UKIP MEP who compared the Scottish government minister Humza Yousaf to convicted terrorist Abu Hamza.

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Cracks Appear In Dudley UKIP

posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Friday, 10 April 2015, 16:22

Deep cracks have started to appear within the ranks of Dudley UKIP.

One of its leading members Adrian Turner has quit the party at the eleventh hour and announced he will stand as an Independent candidate in the forthcoming Dudley council elections next month.

Driving instructor Turner is a former Tory councillor and cabinet member who lost his seat in 2012 and joined UKIP late 2013. Shortly after his parents, Ken & Hazel Turner, both serving Dudley councillors followed him, joining UKIP via the Conservative party.

However, it has been a turbulent year for the Turner family whilst members of UKIP, with Ken & Hazel resigning their membership just a few months later amid accusations of bullying and intimidation after they refused to tow the party line and pay a regular donation from their allowances into UKIP branch funds.

Now it seems Adrian is less than happy to be part of Nigel's Purple Army, posting on Facebook yesterday Turner wrote:

" Last weekend I made a decision I had been considering for some time. I have corrected a mistake made over a year ago. I have now resigned from UKIP".

Turner also claimed that he was sick of what he saw within Dudley UKIP.

One person who was less than impressed was Dudley UKIP councillor Dean "Sharia Law" Perks who bemoaned the fact that Adrian Turner only made his resignation public on the morning that nominations closed for the Dudley elections, leaving UKIP high and dry.

Turner will stand as an Independent candidate in the Hayley Green and Cradley South ward on Dudley council, the same ward both of his parents represented.

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The Vile World Of Patricia Culligan

posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Thursday, 9 April 2015, 17:43

Patricia Culligan is UKIP's official parliamentary candidate for the Eastleigh constituency in Hampshire.

It is a constituency that UKIP expect to do very well in.

Sadly, Culligan displays her vile views on HIV on her Twitter account for all to see.

Her comments really are revolting.

 Posted: 9 Apr 2015 | There are 4 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Leeds UKIP Craig Sweaton Candidate Uncovered

posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Thursday, 9 April 2015, 13:27

Craig Sweaton with UKIP Deputy Chairman Suzanne Evans MEP

Craig Sweaton with UKIP Deputy Chairman Suzanne Evans MEP

Next under the Hope not hate microscope is Leeds UKIP candidate Craig Sweaton, who is considered a bit of a high flyer within the local Leeds branch of UKIP.

Hairdresser Craig is the official UKIP candidate for the Middleton Park ward on Leeds City Council and is also a governor at the local primary school.

The fact that he is a school governor is disturbing, as the UKIP candidate has a revolting view of Islam.

In one posting shared on his Facebook profile Sweaton advocates that people bury bacon to prevent the future construction of mosques in the area.

Sweaton also believes that most Muslims in the UK don't consider themselves "English".

Is Sweaton suitable to be a councillor and a school governor? I don't think so but I'd love to hear your opinions please.

 Posted: 9 Apr 2015 | There are 9 comments | make a comment/view comments

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National Front activist hired by Ukip’s rising star

posted by: Laura Pitel | on: Tuesday, 7 April 2015, 17:39

Tim Aker, an MEP and rising star in the party, is standing next month in Ukip’s Essex heartland. Party strategists believe that he is one of a handful of candidates who will get to Westminster.

However, doubts will be cast on his judgment with the revelation that after he was elected as an MEP last May he hired Robert Ray, a former Ukip councillor who stood for the far-right National Front in a council by-election in July 1977.

At the time one of the National Front’s main policies was the deportation of Britain’s non-white population. A poster from the period showed a black man robbing an old lady with the words: “Danger — muggers at work! 80% of muggers are black, 85% of victims are white.”

Mr Aker, 29, is standing for Ukip next month in a three-way fight against Labour and the Conservatives. A poll by the Tory peer Lord Ashcroft, published in January, put him in the lead by six points.

After being elected to the European parliament, he hired Mr Ray to help to run his office. The councillor, who was elected in 2012 to represent the Essex ward of Aveley and Uplands, used to be a National Front organiser in the east London borough of Newham. His 1977 election poster said he understood “the problems in those areas that have been turned into near ghettos”.

Mr Ray, 65, claimed yesterday that he was unaware of the party’s stance on race when he left the Tories in the 1970s, insisting he joined the National Front because of its stance on the European Union.

“It was anti-EU. It wanted controls on immigration,” he told The Times. “That ticked my boxes and that was it.”

He said that he couldn’t remember the poster about black muggings and claimed to have been unaware of the party’s racist rhetoric.

Mr Ray, who recently stood down as chairman of his local Ukip branch over a drink-drive conviction, said he left the National Front after 3½ years because it was becoming “more extremist”.

A spokesman for Mr Aker did not respond to requests for comment.

Mr Farage claimed yesterday to have delivered “a hammer blow to Tory pretensions in the north of England” by securing the defection of a Conservative. Mike Whitehead later admitted he had been sacked as the Tory candidate for Hull West & Hessle last week after a feud with his local party.

The Times

 Posted: 7 Apr 2015 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Second Oxfordshire Ukip candidate Dickie Bird embroiled in Facebook message controversy

posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Friday, 3 April 2015, 17:37

A SECOND UKIP General Election hopeful has become embroiled in claims over homophobic comments made online.

Hope Not Hate alleged the party’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Banbury, Dickie Bird, made the offensive remarks on Facebook.

The pressure group released pictures appearing to show a post on Mr Bird’s account on January 25, 2013, that said: “bus done now on the train sat opposite some gay p****”.

And in another explicit post he supposedly called former Liverpool and Chelsea footballer Fernando Torres “a gay boy like the rest”.

The claims came less than 24 hours after Mr Bird’s party colleague Alan Harris faced similar accusations.

Mr Bird was not available for comment last night, while Mr Harris refused to comment.

However, UKIP headquarters last night issued a statement replicating its comment on allegations made about Mr Harris, saying it believed the claims about Mr Bird may not stand up to scrutiny.

Mr Harris, the parliamentary candidate for Oxford West and Abingdon, was alleged by Hope Not Hate to have also posted homophobic remarks, as well a racist message to Mr Bird.

Mr Harris’ wife took to Facebook to say her husband’s account had been “hacked”.

She wrote: “You all jump on the bandwagon, just like a flock of sheep. Remember there is [sic] always two sides to a story.”

Last night Mr Bird could not be reached for comment, but on Wednesday he said: “As far as I am aware I have never received a message like that from Alan. I do not know where they [Hope Not Hate] are getting this from, it’s really depressing.”

Hope Not Hate researcher Simon Cressy said: “Despite their protestations, this clearly demonstrates that UKIP in Oxfordshire as well as around the UK have a problem when it comes to the selection of their candidates.”

Mr Cressy said he obtained the pictures of the alleged Facebook posts after befriending Mr Bird and Mr Harris on the social network under a false name.

Commenting yesterday on claims against candidates elsewhere in the UK ahead of last night’s televised leaders debate, during a Radio 4 interview, Mr Farage admitted his party was “far from perfect”, but said it took swift action against those “who do say or do inappropriate things”

Oxford Mail

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Oxfordshire UKIP Candidate Exposed As Racist Homophobe

posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Wednesday, 1 April 2015, 13:06

UKIP has so far failed to build any real momentum in their election campaign, in fact, the only stories in the media relating to UKIP are bad ones.

Over the weekend, we exposed the UKIP Hendon candidate Jeremy Zeid and his rather bizarre Facebook posting that called for US President Barack Obama to be kidnapped by Israel and put on trial.

The Zeid story has had huge coverage, appearing in most of the UK's mainstream newspapers, a number of European ones, several Israeli national publications and has even received a passing condemnation from David Cameron on ITV news.

It has been a bad week for UKIP and we are about to make it an awful lot worse.

At the start of the week UKIP opened its first office in the Oxfordshire market town of Abingdon. Staffed by volunteers, the office is to be used as the campaign headquarters for the various candidates in the area.

UKIP's Oxfordshire parliamentary candidates gathered at the new office along with Diane James MEP for the official opening. One of those present at the low key affair was the UKIP parliamentary candidate for Oxford West & Abingdon, Alan Harris.

Aside from being the parliamentary candidate, Harris is also chairman for the local West Oxford UKIP branch and is considered a rising star within the party.

However, we uncovered racist and homophobic postings on his Facebook page which clearly indicate his unsuitability as a candidate.

Harris appears to have a huge problem with Muslims and Islam. In one posting Harris wrote "A bacon sandwich-a piece of English heritage the fucking Muslims don't want".

Another posting attacked the supermarket chain Morrisons for allegedly not selling poppies so as not to offend Muslims.

Another target for Harris's poison appears to be Romanians & Bulgarians who come to the UK, labelling them as thieves.

Apart from being the rabid racist, Harris is also a homophobe. In one post Harris writes "Why can't I say in my own bloody country black is still a colour and gay are still queers".

As if all of this wasn't enough, just last year Alan Harris shared a story originally posted by the Bolton British National Party.

Alan Harris, yet another racist, homophobic UKIP candidate, finding them is like shooting fish in a barrel.

 Posted: 1 Apr 2015 | There are 13 comments | make a comment/view comments