Daventry UKIP parliamentary candidate brands racist tweets ‘completely unacceptable’

One of the offensive Tweets from the now deleted '@UKIPDaventry' account NNL-150323-102057001
One of the offensive Tweets from the now deleted '@UKIPDaventry' account NNL-150323-102057001
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UKIP’s prospective parliamentary candidate for the Daventry constituency has moved swiftly to disassociate himself and his party with a deleted ‘UKIP Daventry’ Twitter account containing racist and homophobic material.

The @UKIPDaventry account sent a number of tweets on Friday and Saturday that included abusive terms and comments such as referencing Jews as ‘always the victims’ and referring to members of the Chinese community as ‘soulless’ before asking ‘what’s the point in this ... race anyway?’

Unfortunately, this is the latest in a string of fraudulent Twitter accounts purporting to represent UKIP members. The fake account has now been deleted

Michael Gerard

But Michael Gerard, Daventry’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for UKIP, said: “A Twitter account purporting to be that of the UKIP Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Daventry Constituency has been shown to be fake.

“It contained racist and homophobic content and UKIP would like to thank the Daventry Express for bringing it to the attention of UKIP.

“Unfortunately, this is the latest in a string of fraudulent Twitter accounts purporting to represent UKIP members. The fake account has now been deleted.”

The biography of the @UKIPDaventry account linked to the Daventry party’s official website, but on Saturday Mr Gerard said: “This is not an account that the branch or I have set up/responsible for.”. He added: “...the content is completely unacceptable. I have reported the account to Twitter and requested that the account is deleted immediately.”

Other offensive tweets from the @UKIPDaventry account included a reply that said ‘Thousands of years of cultural evolution shaped the British community. A passport doesn’t make you British. It’s in your blood.’ and a statement that ‘87% of people living in the UK are White, so why am I seeing over representation on my TV?’

It is understood the account was deleted on Sunday.