Merton’s UKIP candidate suspended from party after posting controversial comments on Twitter


Andre Lampitt is still set to stand in the local elections at the end of May.


By Rachel Jenkins

A UKIP candidate was suspended last week after tweeting anti-Islamic and racist views on the social networking site.

Andre Lampitt, who is running for Merton in next month’s local election, is featured in UKIP’s anti-Europe films saying it had been a real struggle to provide for his family.

In the tweets, the poster boy for the party said that Islam is not a religion and that ‘inner peace will come when Aids does what it should and reduce African density’.

UKIP said it was ‘shocked’ by Mr Lampitt’s views and his Twitter account has since been taken down.

A UKIP spokesman told the BBC: “We are deeply shocked that Mr Lampitt has expressed such repellent views.

“His membership of the party has been suspended immediately pending a full disciplinary process.”

Mr Lampitt posted six Tweets in total with one of them lashing out at David Cameron.

He compared the Prime Minister to Russia’s president Valdimear Putin by saying: “At least Putin loved his country. David Cameron does not love Britain, he loves the EU.”

Leader of the UKIP party, Nigel Farage, said he was very disappointed that someone like this has been allowed to slip through the net.

“Someone somewhere has made a very, very major error,” he told the BBC.

“Something’s gone wrong with our systems. This guy should have been weeded out and he wasn’t.”

The suspension of Mr Lampitt follows a number of UKIP’s European election campaign posters being defaced across the country, including one in Vauxhall a few days ago.

Photo courtesy of jjn1, with thanks.

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