An Indian-origin candidate for the far-right UK Independence Party (UKIP) has been suspended over alleged anti-Jewish remarks ahead of the May 7 General Elections.
Jack Sen, whose grandfather was Indian and served as a doctor in the British Indian Army during the Raj era, was to contest the seat from West Lancashire.
Sen, who describes himself on Twitter as “unapologetically politically incorrect pro-British”, directed abuse on the social networking site at Luciana Berger, the Labour party’s candidate who is Jewish.
“You’re about authentic Labour as Ed Miliband. Protect child benefits? If you had it your way you’d send the £ to Poland/Israel,” he wrote in one message.
In another, he said: “Britain’s youngest Jewish MP, Luciana Berger, is facing criticism over her record of…loyalties.” The reference to divided loyalties is a common anti-semitic slur meant to suggest that Jews are loyal to Israel, rather than to the country in which they live. Berger said it was “clearly an anti-Semitic comment”.
In a separate interview, Sen said minorities in South Africa were being ethnically cleansed and laid the blame for a “genocide” in western Europe at the door of Labour leader Ed Miliband and other prominent Jewish figures across the world.
Speaking to the Guardian’ on Friday, Sen claimed that the messages had been tweeted by a party activist, not by him. But he failed to provide any further details on his remarks.
A UKIP statement said, “Jack Sen, a UKIP candidate, has expressed views that in no way reflect the views of the party and any other of our hard-working dedicated candidates. “In the light of these and other comments, Sen has been suspended from UKIP with immediate effect.”
UKIP leader Nigel Farage apologised for the comments attributed to Sen and those posted on his Twitter account.
He said: “We’ve got over 5,000 people standing for us at this election, and less than a handful have caused us a problem.
“UKIP is a non-sectarian, non-racist party and we have actually got a remarkable number of people standing for us from every single walk of life, from every religion and every ethnic group in this country.”
The news of Sen’s suspension comes after Janice Atkinson, one of the leading figures in the party and a parliamentary candidate, was expelled from UKIP over fake expenses claims.
The anti-immigration UKIP is against the UK’s membership of the European Union (EU).
It currently has no major presence in the British Parliament and is not expected to register any major impact in the May 7 elections either.