A Ukip council candidate has sparked a new racism row after he argued that British Olympic Champion Mo Farrah is “African”.
Adding to the seemingly endless race-related gaffes that are emerging from the party ranks in the run up to the EU election, David Wycherley reportedly wrote on his Facebook: “can somebody explain please….Mo Farah, an African from Somalia,who trains in America,has won a gold medal for Britain ![sic],” according to the Guardian.
The message was posted after Mr Farah, who moved to London as a child and grew up in the west London borough of Hounslow, won a 10,000m Gold for team GB.
In another comment, the Rushall-Shelfield ward candidate in Walsall reportedly joked about “starving Africans” whilst complaining about his water bill, according to the newspaper.
The revelation comes after now former council candidate William Henwood resigned as a Ukip member on Tuesday, after he suggested Lenny Henry should emigrate to a “black country”. The statement was in reaction to a campaign launched by the actor which aims to see greater representation for ethnic minorities across the British media.
Ukip gaffes and controversies
Ukip gaffes and controversies
1/12 Neil Hamilton
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2/12 Kerry Smith
Kerry Smith resigned as would-be MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock after it emerged he had mocked gay party members as “disgusting poofters”, joked about shooting people from Chigwell in a “peasant hunt” and referred to someone with a Chinese name as a “Chinky bird”
3/12 Natasha Bolter
Former Ukip member Natasha Bolter was suspected of not having the teaching qualifications she professed to, only days after it was revealed that claims of her having attended Oxford University were also false
4/12 Ukip Calypso song
Mike Reid released a single in praise of UKIP trying to control the UK's borders, only to withdraw the single after being accused of racism for singing in a Jamaican accent
5/12 Farage 'car-crash' interview
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6/12 Janice Atkinson
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7/12 Ukip cancels Freephone
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8/12 Farage 'car-crash' interview
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9/12 Ukip employs illegal immigrants
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10/12 Magnus Nielsen
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11/12 London Live make-up
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Mr Henwood’s resignation came as the party announced it planned to expel an English Defence League donor and former British National Party member.
However, controversies have failed to dent Ukip's soaring poll ratings which have put it on course to top the national poll.