Potential UKIP candidate slammed after anti-Muslim posts exposed online

David Lawrence - 25 04 17
Jeff Bray, UKIP’s potential Parliamentary candidate for the Clacton seat, has been at the centre of a social media storm after a series of wildly anti-Muslim statements came to light on accounts which are linked to him.

“Given recent events, would jimmy Savilles behavious have been acceptable if he had been a muslim??” reads one Twitter post. Another tweet asks: “holocaust memorial to be built in London… its about time, but will our mulsim friends be offended??”

Yet another statement made on a Facebook account bearing Bray’s name argues that “muslims burning poppys […] should be shot”, and that “all terrerists [sic] are muslims”. When contacted for comment by HOPE not hate Bray was unable to confirm or deny having made the November 2010 post, stating: “I don’t remember”.

While UKIP has yet to select an official candidate for the Clacton constituency, Bray has the “full support” of former UKIP donor and Leave.EU executive chair Arron Banks.

Banks, a multi-millionaire insurance tycoon, had announced that he would contest the Clacton seat himself, before terminating his own candidacy in a surprise announcement yesterday. Bray told BBC Essex this morning that he is expecting financial backing from Banks.

These Islamophobic statements were unearthed soon after UKIP outlined a new, radically anti-Islamic “Integration Policy”, which includes measures such as banning the burka, a moratorium on new Islamic faith schools and an annual mandatory genital examination of girls deemed “from groups at high risk” of suffering female genital mutilation.


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