Nigel Farage sparks fresh backlash after row with Jo Cox's husband
Nigel Farage has sparked a fresh backlash after he criticised the widower of murdered Labour MP Jo Cox for getting involved in politics.
The former Ukip leader was accused of sinking to “a new low” after he said Brendan Cox “would know more about extremists than me” because of his support for anti-fascist campaign group Hope Not Hate.
Jo Cox was killed in June by white supremacist Thomas Mair while carrying out constituency work. Mr Mair was sentenced to life in prison last month.
Today’s row came after Mr Farage said last night’s terror attack on a Christmas market in Berlin were "no surprise" and would be “the [Angela] Merkel legacy”.
Mr Cox took to Twitter to condemn Mr Farage for “blaming politicians for the actions of extremists”.
But appearing on LBC radio shortly after, Mr Farage said: “Of course, he would know more about extremists than me, Mr Cox.
"He backs organisations like Hope Not Hate who masquerade as being lovely and peaceful but actually pursue violent and very undemocratic means…
“It’s a terrible thing what happened to his family with the murder of his wife, but he continues to be active in the political arena and given some of the organisations he supports I can’t just stand here and say I’m not going to respond.”
Mr Farage added: “I’m sorry Mr Cox but it is time people started to take responsibility for what has happened.
"Mrs Merkel has caused a whole number of social and terrorist problems in Germany, it’s about time we confronted that truth.”
Tracy Brabin, who succeeded Ms Cox as the Labour MP for Batley and Spen, said Mr Farage’s comment “beggars belief” and accused him of sinking to “a new low”.
Meanwhile Labour MP Louise Haigh was one of many to condemn the MEP on Twitter, asking: “Has Farage completely lost the plot?”