Cllr Brian Morris (UKIP, Keighley West) tweeted his call for information on his rivals, after criticising a Labour leaflet sent to homes in the ward .
He said the leaflet featured comments made by UKIP Keighley Town Councillor Samuel Fletcher on the NHS last year which caused Cllr Fletcher to resign from the party last Friday.
In his tweet, Cllr Morris said: “Hi All Kippers. Can anyone who knows, or has any information or bad press, on any Labour councillor in Keighley or Bradford that can be verified please let me know as soon as possible.
“The reason for this is it looks as if the dirty tricks brigade is working overtime to undermine UKIP in Keighley.
“So we must be prepared to retaliate shot for shot if it continues.”
Cllr Morris told the Telegraph & Argus today: “I like to shoot from the hip.
“No-one will benefit from saying things like that in public. Nobody wants to hear this type of thing.
“I have had quite a number of responses to my tweet already.”
Jason Smith, UKIP chairman for Bradford, distanced himself from Cllr Morris’s stance but said he will not face any disciplinary action.
Mr Smith said: “It’s Cllr Morris’s personal opinion, not the opinion of the UKIP party.
“I’m not going to reprimand him for having a personal opinion. That’s not the way we operate.
“I don’t think it’s the right way to go about business in politics. I want to debate with Labour on policies.
“If Labour want to dig dirt on our candidates, I think Cllr Morris is making a point after Labour put a leaflet out in this area. Mr Fletcher fell on his sword over his comments.
“I’m not going to go down in the gutter with Labour.
“In my opinion, Labour wants to drag the election campaign into the gutter.”
Labour and Bradford Council leader David Green denied there was any dirty tricks campaign being carried out by his group in Keighley or anywhere in Bradford.
He said: “I just find it pathetic.
“I’m not aware that there is any dirty tricks campaign against UKIP going on in Keighley or anywhere in Bradford.
“I am aware they are being challenged on their policies.
“Cllr Morris and his mates need spend their time on their policies, rather than trying to fight out what would appear to be a negative and dirty campaign against other people.”
A UKIP councillor has labelled bisexuals and trans people ‘part time homosexuals’.
Samuel Fletcher, a UKIP town councillor for Bracken Bank and Ingrow Ward in Keighley, had previously admitted to being “baffled” by lesbians in January.
According to TheBackBencher.co.uk, the UK Independence Party politician took to Facebook again yesterday, arguing that bisexuals are “a part-time homosexuals”, and that “a trans-sexual is someone who changes their own sexuality in order to appeal to either of the opposite sex, so that also makes someone a kind of part time homosexual”.
Fletcher also admitted to being “a bit confused about trans-sexuals”, reporting that he had “just realised a man could change himself into a woman in order to attract a man”, which he says “wouldn’t be homosexual at all”.
In his previous comments he had compared gay people to mushrooms, saying: “I used to really hate the texture when I was a child. Now I can tolerate them.”
Last week we saw a plethora of headlines regarding the newly elected Keighley UKIP councillor Sam Fletcher.
Fletcher posted a string of Facebook comments, going into detail about his troubled sex life before posting Aids jokes and disgusting homophobic comments.
A UKIP spokesman told the media that UKIP HQ was concerned and was investigating the postings made by the councillor and prospective Bradford council election candidate.
It seems it isn’t only UKIP HQ who were “concerned” about Fletcher’s homophobic tirade, the UKIP LGBT group aren’t all that impressed either.
Keighley’s newly-elected UKIP town councillor is in the eye of a political storm caused by late-night messages on his Facebook page in which he implies enjoying an adulterous affair with a married mother in the town.
Samuel Fletcher only won his seat last month, but yesterday he became the focus of attention after details of his apparent revelations were made public on the internet.
And now the claims about his online behaviour are being investigated by UKIP itself, which is “concerned by what it has seen”.
Coun Fletcher, 22, made a late-night Facebook posting on New Year’s Day which were then copied and placed on a blogsite run by a Conservative student.
And among many messages, it is claimed that bachelor Mr Fletcher revealed he had extra-marital sex with a woman he described as “a good salt of the earth Keighley lass”.
Speaking yesterday, Coun Fletcher, who represents the Bracken Bank and Ingrow ward, acknowledged he had posted the comments – but denied they were true.
“The comments about the woman being married were untrue and I made that part up to protect the identity of the woman I was talking about,” he said. “The woman involved was not married.”
Coun Fletcher said he had posted the comments two nights ago during conversations with assorted people.
“Some of those I talk with are friends and other are just people who come on to talk and might actually be on “fishing trips,” he said.
Coun Fletcher also referred to UKIP’s Nigel Farage as “leader of UKIP in name only” and says the party makes decisions collectively.
However, when asked to explain the comment, he said: “That is how Nigel has described himself on many occasions and that is how the party is run.”
A UKIP spokesman told the Telegraph & Argus last night: “The party is concerned by what it has seen and is currently investigating.”
Coun Fletcher is also UKIP’s prospective candidate to contest the Keighley Central ward in the elections for Bradford Council in May.
In a string of bizarre Facebook comments, newly-elected UKIP councillor Samuel Fletcher went into detail about his troubled sex life before posting Aids jokes and homophobic comments.
Samuel Fletcher, a 22-year-old newly-elected UKIP Councillor from Yorkshire, reminded the country why you need to be careful what you post on Facebook.
Yesterday Councillor Fletcher posted numerous comments in a public Facebook thread spanning more than 1,000 posts, mostly due to a growing backlash over his offensive comments:
The thread began to wind down until Councillor Fletcher made crude jokes, including one about homosexuals and the Aids virus. One of the final comments The Kernel observed involved Mr Fletcher asking a lady how she would react if backbench Tory MP Priti Patel’s head was between his legs.