The leader of Ukip, Nigel Farage, is being called on to disown comments made by the chairman of the party’s Walsall branch who claimed British people are being ethnical ‘cleansed’ by migrants.
The Leader of Walsall Council, Cllr Sean Coughlan, said remarks by Phil Bottomley that immigration was leading to the ethnocide of indigenous people of the UK were ‘abhorrent and dangerous’.
On his personal blog, Phil Bottomley wrote that the ‘deliberate plan of uncontrolled immigration policy was a classic case of ethnocide. Put simply it is the cleansing or diminishing of an indigenous population by methods other than mass extermination.’
Calling for Nigel Farage and the three Ukip members on Walsall council to condemn the comments, Cllr Coughlan said the people of Walsall had consistently rejected messages of hate.
“Here in Walsall we’ve faced various attempts to spread hatred; from the BNP peddling their racist ideology, to the EDL who came to our town and rioted, and even a murderous attempt to bomb a Mosque. When those events happened, I am proud to say that members of all parties, faiths and communities, condemned them and stood against them.
Mr Bottomley’s remarks were published as Ukip’s candidate for South Basildon and East Thurrock was forced to stand down and resign from the party after making offensives remarks about homosexuals.
Cllr Coughlan added: “Mr Bottomley’s comments are more abhorrent and dangerous than those of Kerry Smith because as chairman of the local branch he has a pivotal role in choosing the candidates Ukip put forward in elections but his views are clearly not shared by the people of Walsall. Ukip claim they are a non-racist party who support immigration so I am calling on Mr Farage, along with the Ukip members on the council, to disown his comments and choose a new branch chairman.”
Walsall North MP, David Winnick . added: “We will continue to oppose those sorts of remarks, and will not retreat from this; in view of what the UKIP leader has said on more than one occasion when faced by such comments from some of his members, we would expect him to do likewise.”