Calls for Wellingborough UKIP candidate involved in ‘piles and STDs’ Twitter row to ‘resign or be sacked’Posted: January 25, 2015
Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Wellingborough and Rushden has called on Dr Jonathan Munday who is also an NHS doctor, to leave his position following his controversial comments on Twitter.
The Twitter row saw Dr Munday unleash a volley of abuse on Tuesday after he was accused of not caring about the NHS.
He was questioned by tweeter ‘Mistress 9 Danke’ (@catsinbelfry), who tweeted her ‘disappointment’ that Mr Munday had not answered her questions on UKIP policy on the NHS.
Another Twitter user Benny Profane (@WadjaKnow), then tweeted: “Yeah mine too. It would be hard for him to claim he supports the NHS, because Nigel Farage doesn’t.”
Mr Munday reacted angrily to the comments: “Both Nigel and I support the NHS. I have worked in it for 31 years. What has been your contribution – piles and STDs?”
Labour’s Richard Garvie, who has made the call for Dr Munday to leave his post or be sacked, has described the comments as ‘vile’, and claims that it isn’t the first time Dr Munday has ‘resorted to personal insults when questioned on policy’.
“The problem for Dr Munday, and UKIP nationally, is that they just cannot stand up to any form of public scrutiny,” Mr Garvie said.
“This lady has requested that Dr Munday set out his views on the health service, but has they been attacked in a very crude manner.”
“Dr Munday has previously insulted constituents on the social media platform, even telling one train driver that he looked forward to the introduction of driverless trains after being questioned on transport policy.”
“With an election in just a few months time, it would perhaps be of benefit to me and other candidates if Dr Munday was to remain in position. I just think that the way he speaks to constituents is vile, and if he is not prepared to resign, UKIP should take action against him immediately.”
A Ukip branch chairman has suggested that parts of London are being “ethnically cleansed” of white people.
Jeremy Zeid, the chairman of the Eurosceptic party’s branch in Harrow, suggested a Labour MP could be “complicit” in what he called “disappearing diversity” in Ilford, north-east London.
In a string of tweets, he wrote: “Having just been to Gerard Batten’s [Ukip MEP] office in Ilford, the almost [sic] absence of white faces in Ilford is worrying.
“Mike Gapes is so busy being ‘right on’ he is either blind to or deliberately complicit in the ethnic cleansing of Ilford which I’m sure will be called ‘racist’.
“A word so overused by the t***pot Left as to be completely devalued.”
The comments sparked several responses on Twitter, with many people asking what he found so “worrying”.
Mr Zeid replied: “Are you not worried when diversity disappears?”
He failed to get elected in the Kenton East ward of Harrow in last week’s local elections, receiving four per cent of the vote.
Mr Gapes, the Labour MP for Ilford South, had previously tweeted about controversial Ukip campaign posters inferring that European migrants steal jobs, calling them “racist”.
Speaking to The Independent, he said he was copied in to a conversation on Twitter between Mr Zeid and another man.
“When I saw these tweets I was just shocked,” he added.
“My point is what is Farage going to do about it?”
Ilford, in the London Borough of Redbridge, is one of the most ethnically-diverse places in the UK.
Just over 42 per cent of residents are white and a third were born outside the UK, according to the 2011 census.
Mr Gapes said: “One of the great things about Ilford is that it’s so diverse and multicultural…this is an insult to my constituents.”
Mr Zeid has not yet responded to our requests for a comment.
A UKIP council candidate who tweeted that Islam is “evil” and homosexuality an “abomination” has been suspended from the party.
Harry Perry was seeking election in the Offerton ward in Stockport.
Leader Nigel Farage had commented that his party contained “some idiots” but the reporting of problems within UKIP was “disproportionate”.
Another UKIP candidate resigned last week after making controversial remarks about comedian Lenny Henry.
The party said on Friday it had started disciplinary proceedings against Mr Perry and did not condone his “crackpot” views.
Mr Farage was speaking in Dover as he unveiled his latest poster for the European elections on 22 May.
On Mr Perry’s Twitter account, @harryperry15, he calls for Pakistan to be “nuked”, dubs David Cameron a “gay-loving nutcase”, Muslims “devil’s kids” and homosexuality an “abomination before god.”
Mr Farage said: “I’ve never heard of the bloke until last night. I’ve no idea who he is. I think he comes from the north west of England.
“Clearly his attitude and views are entirely inconsistent with being a member of UKIP. Simple.”
He added: “I could show you 14 elected councillors from the Lib Dem, Labour and Conservative parties who haven’t just said nasty things, they’ve been convicted this year of nasty things.
“And yet it never makes a national headline.
“I am not saying we haven’t had our problems; we have. Every party has these kinds of problems but there is a completely disproportionate media spotlight on what goes wrong in UKIP compared to the others.”
Asked about David Cameron’s comment that it is not necessary to discredit UKIP because they do a “good enough job themselves”, Mr Farage laughed and said: “It was good clever politics. I’ll give him that.
“Yeah, we’ve got some idiots. [But] what is happening here is the establishment are singling out a handful of unpleasant comments made by UKIP people and yet the other parties do these things and say these things – it would appear with impunity.”
Mr Perry came fourth in the Offerton ward election in 2012, with 349 votes. He describes himself on his Twitter profile as “interested in politics and religion and what is happening to our country in respect to multiculturalism”.
His tweets came to light after he sent private messages to a Lib Dem candidate on Facebook.
The BBC has not been able to reach Mr Perry for a response.
Last week, UKIP council candidate William Henwood, from north London, left the party by “mutual agreement” after tweeting that Lenny Henry should emigrate to a “black country” and comparing Islam to the Third Reich.
The week before, another candidate, Andre Lampitt, who appeared in a UKIP election broadcast, was suspended for expressing what a party source called “extreme racist views” on Twitter.
Mr Farage said he was “very angry” that “someone like this has been allowed to slip through the net”.
A UKIP local election candidate who tweeted “Islam is evil” and that homosexuality was an “abomination before God” faces suspension from the party.
UKIP said it had started disciplinary proceedings against Harry Perry, who is standing for election in Stockport.
A UKIP spokesman said the party did not condone or share his “crackpot” views.
The tweets came to light after Mr Perry sent private messages to a Lib Dem candidate on Facebook.
Lisa Smart, who is the Lib Dem general election candidate in Hazell Grove, received the two messages in March, before Mr Perry had been adopted as a UKIP candidate in the Labour-held Stockport Council ward of Offerton for this month’s local elections.
The messages, which have been seen by the BBC, talk about how the mainstream political parties want to change the UK’s culture “without the permission from the white indigenous population”, and add: “Don’t you know, Lisa, that God hates homosexuality, you cannot be a Christian and support the gay issue.”
Ms Smart told BBC News: “He came to me on my public-facing Facebook page and sent me a private message. It took me by surprise and I was disgusted to receive that message, in this day and age, from somebody who is wanting to represent the people of Offerton.
“I think the message is dangerous and divisive.”
Mr Perry came fourth in the ward election in 2012, with 349 votes. He describes himself on his Twitter profile as “interested in politics and religion and what is happening to our country in respect to multiculturalism”.
In response to a message from another Twitter user, in October 2013, saying: “I support the enforcement of Sharia as law anywhere in the world,” Mr Perry replied: “Wake up to the fact that Islam is evil.”
In another post, Mr Perry says: “God himself hates Islam.”
Noel Matthews, UKIP’s regional organiser for the north-west of England, said Mr Perry’s alleged comments were being investigated by party chairman Steve Crowther and he was likely to be suspended.
“We don’t hold these views and we don’t support the crackpot statements that he has made,” said Mr Matthews.
He said the party was “disappointed that a handful of our members have come out with these statements”.
The rapid expansion of UKIP had meant that it had been a “victim of its own success”, he added, because “some people have escaped the vetting process, such as it stands, in the various regions”.
The BBC has not been able to reach Mr Perry for a response.
UKIP launched an investigation into another of its aspiring politicians last night after apparently homophobic and racist comments came to light
Robert Bilcliff, who is standing to be a councillor in Tamworth, Staffordshire, next month, is the latest candidate to cause embarrassment to UKIP leader Nigel Farage.
On March 29, the day gay marriage was made legal in the UK, Mr Bilcliff took to Twitter to declare: ‘Sad day for all us straight people.’
A separate Facebook post in July 2012 allegedly made a joke against Muslims.
Last night Mr Bilcliff admitted he could see how his comments could be viewed as homophobic and racist, but was adamant he was neither.
He said: ‘I am not racist and never have been. I have many friends of different nationalities but I enjoy a joke every now and again.
A UKIP spokesman said the matter had been referred to the party’s national executive with a view to disciplinary action.
Last week builder Andre Lampitt, seeking to become a councillor in Merton, South London and who featured in a UKIP election broadcast, was suspended after making racist remarks on Twitter that the party said were repellent
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UKIP is embroiled in another racism and sexism row following a Sky News investigation.
David Challice, a senior party official and activist in Exeter, has suggested “cash-strapped Moslems” should have multiple wives, hit out at the “lunacy of multiculturalism”, described Greeks as “vile”, and said women should stay at home.
It is the latest in a series of controversies to engulf the party, ahead of next month’s European elections.
On Thursday, UKIP was forced to suspend a member who appeared in the party’s latest election broadcast, after allegedly expressing “repellent views” on Twitter.
Andre Lampitt apparently posted racist and anti-Islamic tweets as well as inappropriate remarks about Labour leader Ed Miliband on the microblogging site.
Mr Lampitt’s Twitter account was also suspended.
UKIP also sought to dismiss criticism after it emerged it has used an an Irish actor in a poster about the impact of immigration on British jobs.
The party has stood by Mr Challice over his views.
In a statement the party said: “UKIP is not a party that believes in public debate and conversation being stifled by an obsession with political correctness.
“So the threshold for which the mere expression of opinion merits disciplinary action should be set high.
“That threshold was quite obviously breached in yesterday’s furore but it is has certainly not been today.
“Indeed, there are quite legitimate public concerns about the interaction of the benefits system with men who have multiple wives and these have been widely aired in the media.”
It also said his remarks about women were intended as a joke and he had taken the comments about Greeks from another author.