Reform UK condemns campaigners’ racist slurs

by | Jun 27, 2024 | Politics

Warning: This story contains offensive languageReform UK has condemned campaigners for the party who were recorded by an undercover Channel 4 journalist apparently making racist, homophobic and Islamophobic comments while campaigning to elect Nigel Farage as an MP.Undercover filming broadcast by Channel 4 News took place within the Reform UK campaign in Clacton, where Mr Farage is standing for office. It also included an apparent assertion that the party has breached the local electoral campaign spending limit in the seat.The report featured one canvasser talking about shooting illegal migrants and another man described as linked to the party calling a display of the Pride flag “degenerate”. Reform UK said those making “unacceptable comments” will no longer be part of Mr Farage’s campaign.Footage broadcast by Channel 4 shows a man identified as Reform UK canvasser Andrew Parker using a racial slur to refer to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, who is of Indian descent.Mr Parker is 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.At one point Mr Parker tells voters Reform were “kicking all the Muslims out of the mosques and turning them into Wetherspoons”.During campaigning, he advisers the undercover reporter to use the term “illegal” when discussing immigration, especially when addressing non-white households.Ahead of the publication of the footage, Mr Parker made a statement to Channel 4 claiming “neither Nigel Farage personally or th …

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[mwai_chat context=”Let’s have a discussion about this article:nnWarning: This story contains offensive languageReform UK has condemned campaigners for the party who were recorded by an undercover Channel 4 journalist apparently making racist, homophobic and Islamophobic comments while campaigning to elect Nigel Farage as an MP.Undercover filming broadcast by Channel 4 News took place within the Reform UK campaign in Clacton, where Mr Farage is standing for office. It also included an apparent assertion that the party has breached the local electoral campaign spending limit in the seat.The report featured one canvasser talking about shooting illegal migrants and another man described as linked to the party calling a display of the Pride flag “degenerate”. Reform UK said those making “unacceptable comments” will no longer be part of Mr Farage’s campaign.Footage broadcast by Channel 4 shows a man identified as Reform UK canvasser Andrew Parker using a racial slur to refer to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, who is of Indian descent.Mr Parker is 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.At one point Mr Parker tells voters Reform were “kicking all the Muslims out of the mosques and turning them into Wetherspoons”.During campaigning, he advisers the undercover reporter to use the term “illegal” when discussing immigration, especially when addressing non-white households.Ahead of the publication of the footage, Mr Parker made a statement to Channel 4 claiming “neither Nigel Farage personally or 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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