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Saturday, March 12, 2016

Are UKIP the sum of their membership?

Another day, another embarrassment for the UKIP leadership. This time in my own patch as the person selected as number four on the South Wales West Assembly regional list turns out to have been a member of another party that called for the end of coloured immigration.

The Western Mail says that Malcolm Biggs, who was due to be the number four candidate for Ukip on the South Wales West regional list,Mr Biggs stood in the Hertfordshire European constituency for the New Britain Party in 1994.

The paper says that New Britain campaigned for the return of capital punishment, and was supported by the Christian Affirmation Campaign, a right-wing traditionalist movement opposed to what it saw as the World Council of Churches’ support for Communist regimes in Africa:

As a white nationalist party, it supported apartheid and Rhodesia, and its leader Fennis Delderfield signed a letter in 2000 that argued that “suburb after suburb and town after town across the land have been taken over by Asians, Africans and Afro-Caribbeans ... In the not too distant future they will have direct control in many areas.”

A 1977 election leaflet for the party stated that “coloured immigration to this country must stop completely and immediately”.

Mr. Biggs has now stood down from the UKIP list on health grounds.

My colleague, Eluned Parrott made it very clear in her speech to the Liberal Democrats Conference in York yesterday, that choice that voters face in the South Wales West region on 5th May.

She said voters should give the Welsh Liberal Democrats their votes in the Assembly’s regional list to stop UKIP:

And she called on Tory, Labour and Plaid voters who are backing their own parties in the constituency races to vote Lib Dem on the regional vote to stop UKIP:

She said: “Where Scottish nationalism with its unanswered questions still seems to sweep all before it in Scotland, the English nationalists threaten to make a breakthrough in Wales.

“It’s incredible, but failed ex-Tory MPs like and Neil Hamilton want to be elected to the Welsh Assembly.

“If they are, they could take those seats from us. In many regional seats across Wales the choice for the fourth seat is between Ukip and the Welsh Liberal Democrats."

It seems that it is not just failed ex-Tory MPs who see UKIP as a means to political rehabilitation.
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