Farage challenged over canvasser’s racist slurs

by | Jun 28, 2024 | Politics

9 hours agoBy Kate Whannel, Political reporterReform UK leader Nigel Farage has repeated his assertion that footage showing racist comments apparently made by one of his party’s activists was a “set-up”.He faced angry questions from a BBC Question Time audience over a Channel 4 broadcast which showed Andrew Parker, a canvasser for Reform UK, using a racist term about Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.Mr Farage described the comments as a “tirade of invective abuse” but suggested the man may have been paid.Challenged on other comments made by Reform UK candidates, Mr Farage said he “wouldn’t want anything” to do with them and said he had withdrawn his support. Appearing ahead of Mr Farage on the same programme, Green Party co-leader Adrian Ramsay condemned Mr Parker’s comments as “horrific” and said it was “a stark reminder of the future we could be heading for if people back Reform at the election”.Asked about comments made by some of his own candidates, he said concerns would be properly investigated. Speaking on Friday, Mr Sunak said the comments in the Channel 4 footage hurt adding: “It makes me angry.”He said his two daughters “have to see and hear Reform people who campaigned for Nigel Farage” using racist language against him.He said Mr Farage had “some questions to answer”. In addition to the slur directed at the prime minister, Mr Parker was also heard describing Islam as “the most disgusting cult out” and suggesting army recruits should carry out “target practice” by shooting at small boats bringing illegal migrants to the UK.In a statement, Mr Parker said he wanted to “apologise profusely to Nigel Farage and the Reform Party if my personal views have reflected badly on them and brought them into disrepute as this was not my intention”.Essex Police have said they are “urgently assessing” comments in the programme “to establish if there are any criminal offences”. The subject came up as the first question on the Question Time Leaders’ Special when an audience member asked: “What is it about your party that attracts racists?”Mr Farage argued that he had done more to drive out the far-right than any living person in British politics. “I took on the BNP just over a decade ago. I said to th …

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[mwai_chat context=”Let’s have a discussion about this article:nn9 hours agoBy Kate Whannel, Political reporterReform UK leader Nigel Farage has repeated his assertion that footage showing racist comments apparently made by one of his party’s activists was a “set-up”.He faced angry questions from a BBC Question Time audience over a Channel 4 broadcast which showed Andrew Parker, a canvasser for Reform UK, using a racist term about Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.Mr Farage described the comments as a “tirade of invective abuse” but suggested the man may have been paid.Challenged on other comments made by Reform UK candidates, Mr Farage said he “wouldn’t want anything” to do with them and said he had withdrawn his support. Appearing ahead of Mr Farage on the same programme, Green Party co-leader Adrian Ramsay condemned Mr Parker’s comments as “horrific” and said it was “a stark reminder of the future we could be heading for if people back Reform at the election”.Asked about comments made by some of his own candidates, he said concerns would be properly investigated. Speaking on Friday, Mr Sunak said the comments in the Channel 4 footage hurt adding: “It makes me angry.”He said his two daughters “have to see and hear Reform people who campaigned for Nigel Farage” using racist language against him.He said Mr Farage had “some questions to answer”. In addition to the slur directed at the prime minister, Mr Parker was also heard describing Islam as “the most disgusting cult out” and suggesting army recruits should carry out “target practice” by shooting at small boats bringing illegal migrants to the UK.In a statement, Mr Parker said he wanted to “apologise profusely to Nigel Farage and the Reform Party if my personal views have reflected badly on them and brought them into disrepute as this was not my intention”.Essex Police have said they are “urgently assessing” comments in the programme “to establish if there are any criminal offences”. The subject came up as the first question on the Question Time Leaders’ Special when an audience member asked: “What is it about your party that attracts racists?”Mr Farage argued that he had done more to drive out the far-right than any living person in British politics. “I took on the BNP just over a decade ago. I said to th …nnDiscussion:nn” ai_name=”RocketNews AI: ” start_sentence=”Can I tell you more about this article?” text_input_placeholder=”Type ‘Yes'”]
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