Ukip leader Nigel Farage’s visit to Herne Bay was cancelled this morning after fears about his security were raised.
Mr Farage was due to open the party’s campaign office in Mortimer Street at 9am but due to the town’s weekly market being held, his security team thought better of it.
The planned visit was also met by protesters as Prophet Zebadiah Abu Obadiah – a member of the Al-Zebabist Nation of OOOG – expressed his anti-Ukip views outside the office.
The party’s constituency campaign manager John Moore said: “He’s not coming – his security team will not let him because they can’t get the car up to the door of the shop because of the market.
“It’s a security issue and if we could have got the car to the front door or had a rear entrance they would have done it.
“He was quite happy to come until his team rang me and checked to see what the arrangements were.
“Apparently protesters are due and they will be as disappointed as everybody else that he is not here.”
Protesters did arrive after the shop was officially opened by Ukip’s North Thanet candidate Piers Wauchope, who is vying to become the town’s MP.
Prophet Zebadiah, a member of the Al-Zebabist Nation of OOOG, is standing in South Thanet against Mr Farage and used a megaphone to express his anti-Ukip views outside the shop.
He said: “England is doomed – it is a doomed nation with Ukip. We came down here today to show that Ukip is not welcome here.
“We heard he (Mr Farage) would be here, he’s been trying to avoid us as we want a debate with him.”
Ukip campaign manager Mr Moore added: “We will work on getting him (Mr Farage) back here at some point.
“It’s one of those things – if the stalls weren’t here, it would have happened.”
POLITICAL opponents have mocked Ukip for employing a Bulgarian man to deliver party propaganda leaflets around Dover.
Labour councillor Peter Wallace said it was “hypocrisy of the highest order” when he discovered the person passing a six-page pamphlet about anti-EU candidate David Little through his door last week was an Eastern European.
Cllr Wallace told the Express the man said he did not like what was written on the leaflet but was simply doing his job.
The Labour councillor’s social media post about the incident was retweeted almost 1,000 times, including by high profile ex-Tory MP Louise Mensch.
Dover’s Conservative MP Charlie Elphicke joined in with the criticism, labelling the discovery “astonishing”.
But it has since transpired that both Labour and the Conservatives have used the same leaflet distribution company in the past.
David Little told the Express: “We wouldn’t ask if they have got any Pakistanis, Jamaicans or people with ginger hair working for them, would we?
“We are a non-discriminatory party.
“I think it’s absolutely fantastic Ukip is employing people and boosting the local economy. Shouldn’t that be applauded?
“The young Bulgarian man has come here to make a better life for himself and he’s been doing a fantastic job for us.
“The fact the other parties are resorting to this sort of thing means they are obviously worried, and so they should be.”
Cllr Wallace said: “The response to the tweet was unbelievable. I even had a Bulgarian journalist phone me asking about it.
“It’s hypocrisy of the highest order, as well as flat out incompetent.
“Ukip whined about Bulgarians coming to this county for months and how they would take our jobs, and now are they are giving them jobs.
“Luckily the Labour Party has enough volunteers that they don’t need to pay people to deliver leaflets.”
The website for Kent Distributions, however, contains a list of “satisfied clients”, including the Labour Party and the Conservatives.
Mark Walker, 46, on a shortlist to stand in the general election, used his Facebook page to circulate the racist article earlier this month
A would-be UKIP candidate has shared a rant branding mixed-race couples a “plague”.
Mark Walker, 46, on a shortlist to stand in the general election, used his Facebook page to circulate the racist article earlier this month.
Originally published by far right group Western Spring, it said relationships between races “amount to genocide” and slammed the “plague of inter-racial marriage”.
Walker, hoping to be the candidate for Bromsgrove, published and ‘liked’ a link to the article on his UKIP Facebook page on January 10th.
It urged: “PLEASE SHARE far and wide”.
Days later Walker, a property firm director from Worcester, used Facebook to circulate a bizarre message claiming the Israeli secret service was behind the Charlie Hebdo atrocity in Paris – and insisting al-Qaeda does not exist.
Tonight Labour MP John Healey had a message for UKIP leader Nigel Farage: “These are yet more disgusting views from UKIP representatives. I hope Mr Farage is going to immediately distance himself from this.”
Walker’s disturbing postings emerged only days after a newspaper revealed one of Farage’s top aides, Matthew Richardson had told a meeting: “Hundreds of thousands of bigots in the UK need representation too.”
Mr Farage dismissed them as jokey remarks.
Tonight a UKIP spokesman said: “UKIP is non-racist, non-sectarian. Mark Walker will not be selected as we believe his comments show he is unsuitable.”
UKIP has been thrown into turmoil with a series of members quitting over its county organiser’s criminal past.
The trouble flared over the election of Portsmouth South chairman Paul Lovegrove on January 12.
He has a criminal record with convictions for violent crimes – and he has served two prison sentences.
Fareham’s prospective parliamentary candidate Don Jerrard left his campaign earlier this week.
Portsmouth city councillor Paul Godier and former Fareham and Gosport chairman Bob Ingram have also quit the party.
But Ukip leader Nigel Farage said he is standing by Mr Lovegrove, whose last prison sentence was in 2005.
Mr Farage said: ‘We believe that people deserve a second chance in life.
‘Mr Lovegrove may have fallen off the rails earlier in his life but he is now totally reformed and we are standing by him 100 per cent. We knew about his past.
‘With any political party, having people from all walks of life is a bonus.
After all you can’t have every party full of Oxbridge graduates.’
Mr Lovegrove’s past was brought to the fore by repeated outbursts at meetings from Fareham prospective parliamentary candidate Mr Jerrard, who has since quit his campaign due to the situation.
He said that he believed more people will walk out from the branch when they discover the extent of Mr Lovegrove’s convictions. He said: ‘I won’t have anything to do with them. It is a shambles.’
Mr Jerrard said senior figures in Ukip had still not spoken to him.
He added: ‘They are in turmoil because they don’t know what to do.
‘They have not spoken to the people on the ground, the people that have made these complaints.
‘They are a total shambles, all of their own making.’
Mr Lovegrove has spoken openly about his criminal convictions, which he said he never hid from the party.
He said: ‘Honesty gets you a long way. People don’t like it. They find it scary.
‘I am everything they despise as I can talk from experience.
‘I have lived through all of these things. Who can represent us? It’s got to be one of us.
‘It is a shame they are trying to drag someone down who is a real son of this city.
‘Ukip have put their money where their mouth is by supporting me.’
Mr Jerrard is not alone in his complaint, with Charles Dickens ward councillor Mr Godier leaving Ukip earlier this month giving Mr Lovegrove’s behaviour as the main reason.
Mr Ingram, who until recently was the chairman of Fareham and Gosport branch of Ukip, quit over the way the complaints were handled.
But other Ukip members have been vocal in their support for Mr Lovegrove.
Steve Harris, Ukip’s parliamentary candidate for Portsmouth South, said: ‘Paul is a hard-working lad.
‘He has had problems in the past, but he has paid his dues and on he is going.’
Steve Hastings, Portsmouth’s deputy Ukip group leader, also said he supported Mr Lovegrove.
Meanwhile, Mr Farage said this was not going to affect the Portsmouth campaign.
He said: ‘I don’t think the likes or dislikes of one person will affect how tens of thousands of people will vote.
‘You get divisions in all political parties but it does not affect what we stand for and we stand for the normal working class person.
‘We are more united, focused and more able to get on with the job.’
‘I have learnt from my mistakes in the past’
HE is the man at the centre of a series of political rows which have seen key Ukip members quit the party.
But Paul Lovegrove, the chairman of Portsmouth South Ukip and Hampshire organiser, says his criminal past gives him the experience to be able to talk competently on subjects such as prison reform and the justice system.
Mr Lovegrove has served two prison sentences – one for wounding with intent in 1996 and one for actual bodily harm in 2000.
After leaving the Royal Navy, he got into trouble when a family feud ended up with him grabbing a bread knife from the kitchen and slashing a man’s face in a fight.
For this offence he was given a two-year sentence, of which he served a year. A few years later, after a string of criminal convictions for drug possession, he tried to turn his life around and went to college. During this time he got into a fight with a man and absconded to Spain to avoid a charge of actual bodily harm.
Mr Lovegrove, now 43, lived on the Costa Del Sol for five years, where he met his ex partner. They had two children and in 2005 they returned to England.
A few months later, following the breakdown of his relationship, he claims he was beaten up in Guildford.
An allegation of sexual assault at knifepoint against him followed. He was cleared of at trial.
But Mr Lovegrove was sent back to prison for a year for the previous actual bodily harm charge.
After coming out of prison in 2008, he decided to channel his energies into the community and he ran a music festival in aid of Oxfam on Castle Field in Southsea.
Through music he was introduced to politics and started to take an interest in helping shape the way the city is run.
He said: ‘I am a product of this country they claim to govern so well. I have lived everything, much the same as everybody else – not living just surviving. It has not been pleasant. I am involved with politics but I am in this for the right reasons.
‘I have learnt from my mistakes – they happened 10 and 20 years ago and if we have never made any mistakes to learn by then how can we lead?’
Fourteen months ago he joined Ukip, rising quickly to Portsmouth South chairman and elected Hampshire organiser on January 12. The party won six seats at last May’s local elections, something he attributes to the party taking on ordinary people.
He said: ‘I have had the pleasure and pain of life experiences which I hope to pass on through politics. I was born with a plastic spoon in my mouth, like most people. The people in politics come from a different world. They don’t have any idea.’
Ukip candidate Donald Grewar investigated after gay people labeled ‘paedophiles’ and ‘fascist perverts’Posted: January 28, 2015
The Newport East candidate is being probed by party officials after his posts on far-right websites appeared to endorse racism and homophobia
Donald Grewar is being questioned by Ukip party officials over comments that appeared to endorse homophobic beliefs.
The Welsh Ukip candidate posted on a British National Party website, commenting approvingly on a post that described gay people as “fascist perverts” and “paedophiles”.
Grewar wrote: “Well said… sadly this will all come to fruition in the very near future. We need to resist and stand our ground.”
In addition to this, Grewar approved of a post on the English Defence League website, which spoke of “no surrender to militant Islam or political correctness”. Grewer wrote: “Thus sais [sic] it all… the mood of the nation… well done EDL”.
Grewar is standing for the Newport East seat in the May General Elections.
A Ukip spokesperson confirmed that they were looking into complaints concerning Grewar.
They said: “UKIP takes all complaints and concerns seriously and fully investigates all issues brought to our attention.
“Party members living in Newport recently raised some concerns with the party through our internal procedures and the party acted swiftly in ordering an investigation into these matters.
“When the full facts become known we will release a full statement on our website.”
Ukip has suspended its four Southend councillors… because they disowned the party’s Parliamentary candidate.
The anti-EU party has confirmed that James Moyies, Tino Callaghan, Lawrence Davies, and Lee Burling, have had their party membership suspended.
An email to all four of them says they cannot leaflet, campaign, and canvass under the Ukip banner, and must not wear any clothing that bears the anti-EU propaganda.
All four will also not be allowed in Ukip branch meetings or AGMs.
The decision was taken after the group voted unanimously to kick out Parliamentary candidate Floyd Waterworth from their group on Southend Council.
Steve Crowther, Ukip’s national chairman, said: “UKIP has suspended Cllrs James Moyies, Tino Callaghan, Lawrence Davies and Lee Burling from Party activities, following their expulsion of Cllr Floyd Waterworth from their Group.
“The Party considers that the expulsion was unnecessarily damaging to Mr Waterworth’s campaign as the UKIP candidate for Southend East & Rochford. Mr Waterworth has the Party’s full backing as the candidate, and will now be able to focus all his efforts on winning the election in May.”
Ukip refused to confirm whether the suspensions are indefinite or not, or whether the group would be allowed to identify as Ukip councillors at Southend Council.
As group leader, councillor Moyies was able to expel councillor Waterworth under Local Government Act legislation, but Ukip says this action was at odds with its policy.
Councillor Waterworth, who is vying for Southend East and Rochford in May, said:
Cllr Waterworth, UKIPs Parliamentary Candidate for Rochford and Southend East, said: “I knew nothing of this decision before it was made. It came as a total surprise to me.
“I believe, as does the National Party Chairman, that the Group failed to conduct the exclusion according to the rules and natural justice. To expel someone without their knowledge of, or participation in, the process, is not proper.
“The action was guaranteed to ensure negative publicity. That is not acceptable to the Party.
“However, our campaigning in the constituency is going well. Private polls show we are ahead of the Tories now.”
NEWPORT’S branch of UKIP appeared in turmoil at the weekend as their chairman appealed for help to “rid this branch of EDL sympathisers”.
Mike Chaffin posted on the branch’s Facebook page: “Not in my name, not in my party and not in my town!”
He pointed readers to comments made by the Newport East parliamentary candidate Donald Grewar on the EDL Facebook page and BNP website.
Mr Grewar responded to an EDL post warning of ‘no surrender to militant Islam or political correctness’ with the comment: “Thus sais it all… the mood of the nation… well done EDL” [sic].
And he said in response to an article on the BNP website about gay marriage: “Well said Richtofen…. sadly this will all come to fruition in the very near future. We need to resist and stand our ground.”
Mr Chaffin asked party members: “Do you consider someone who both praises the English Defence League and posts on the British National Party’s own website to be a suitable candidate?”
He revealed he had been asked to stand down as Chairman and allow two others to take over the branch.
A rival Newport UKIP Facebook page appeared to have been set up this month, with minutes from a meeting on January 23.
In a post to the new page, Andy Byers claimed Mike Chaffin “will be resigning as Chairman of the Newport Branch”.
He said the committee had nominated James Peterson to stand as temporary Chairman until an AGM on February 23.
But after this had been posted, Mr Chaffin continued to refer to himself as chairman on the initial Facebook page.
Mr Chaffin also proposed an annual general meeting to deal with the issues.
He said that people “who even flirt” with these parties “should be banished and those who help or collude with them named,” he added.
He called for such party members “to take their views to a party more closely aligned with their morals.”
His post ended: “If we tolerate this then what will be next?
Andrew Byers, named by Mr Chaffin in his post, said he was “surprised” by the allegations which he said were “completely without foundation”. He added it was impossible to be a member of both Ukip and one of the other parties mentioned.
He said: “So it’s a no comment at the moment. He appears to have an issue…he’s obviously quite disgruntled.”
A spokesman for Hope Not Hate said this was proof the party was run by “amateurs”.
Simon Cressy said: “There are extreme elements within UKIP, as can be demonstrated by some of the comments.
“He’s coming out saying he supports the EDL – he’s not the right candidate to represent the good people of Newport East.
“We would call on UKIP to remove Donald Grewar and any other person that has made extremist comments.”
Donald Grewar has been approached for comment.
A UKIP spokesman said: “UKIP takes all complaints and concerns seriously and fully investigates all issues brought to our attention. Party members living in Newport recently raised some concerns with the party through our internal procedures and the party acted swiftly in ordering an investigation into these matters. When the full facts become known we will release a full statement on our website.”
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