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UKIP suspends 'repellent' member

UKIP suspends 'repellent' member

UKIP have suspended a member who appeared in the party's latest political broadcast, over his "repellent" tweets about race.

Mr Lampitt, a candidate for the coming council elections in May, appeared in a broadcast for the party last night, but a statement from UKIP said he had been suspended while the party probed his conduct.

Tweets posted on his account - since shut down - questioned Labour leader Ed Miliband's Britishness, said Nigerians were "generally bad people", and said Islam was a "pathetic, satanic religion".

In another tweet he said: "I loathe Oxfam. They are raising money for future dictators. I grew up in Africa, let them kill themselves off." He had also said: "Inner peace will come when AIDS does what it should and reduce African density." Mr Lampitt's Twitter feed had also included inflammatory remarks about the Muslim prophet Mohammed.

Mr Lampitt has been described as a 'poster boy' for UKIP. In the party's election broadcast on Wednesday, he expressed his views on the effects of immigration.

Shown wearing a hard-hat, he complained that "since the lads from Eastern Europe" had arrived in the UK and undercut him, he had found it a "real struggle" to provide for his family. He was a candidate for UKIP in Merton, south west London, when nominations closed today.

A UKIP spokesman said: “We are deeply shocked that Mr Lampitt has expressed such repellent views. His membership of the party has been suspended immediately pending a full disciplinary process.”

The party had boasted earlier this year that it had tightened its vetting process for candidates.

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