Ukip candidate Alan Harris blames 'Facebook hack' for alleged homophobic and anti-Muslim comments

Harris was named Ukip's candidate for the Oxfordshire constituency in November 2014 and has been a member of the party since May 2013

Ukip representatives have said they are looking into allegations a series of homophobic, racist and anti-Muslim posts on were posted on the personal Facebook page of one of the party's prospective MPs.

The Facebook page of Alan Harris, a prospective parliamentary candidate for Oxford West and Abingdon, is alleged to have included the comments between 2011 and 2013.

Anti-Ukip blog Hope Not Hate posted screenshots which read: "why cant i say in my own bloody country black is still a colour and gay are still queers." [sic]

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Two Facebook pages linked to Harris have been deleted and his Twitter account also appears to have been taken down.

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Harris was named Ukip's candidate for the Oxfordshire constituency in November 2014 and has been a member of the party since May 2013.

Ukip Oxfordshire organiser Dickie Bird, who one of the messages appeared to have been sent to, told the Oxford Mail: "I will be looking into this urgently and I think the party will as well.

"I am a close personal friend of Alan’s and can say this is not language he uses."

Speaking to The Independent’s Andy McSmith, Harris said: "I’m absolutely disgusted. My account has been hacked – again. You know what Facebook is like.

"I wouldn’t say anything about gay people because I have a gay son. I’ve got lots of Asian friends. I never said any of this."

Last week former Ukip candidate for Hendon Jeremy Zeid stepped down after details of a bizarre tirade were made public, where he urged the Israeli government to "do an Eichmann" on US President Barack Obama, kidnap him and put him on trial like a Nazi war criminal.

The Independent has contacted a Ukip spokesperson for comment

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