UKIP members including a serving councillor posted shocking slurs about Labour’s Sadiq Khan on the page of the party’s LGBTQ* group.
The issue arose after the group LGBTQ* in UKIP posted a Facebook picture of UKIP’s London Mayoral candidate Peter Whittle at the Pride in London hustings last week.
However, nearly all of the comments focussed on Labour’s Mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan – who was pictured sitting next to Mr Whittle. Mr Khan is a Muslim and has strongly supported LGBT rights in Parliament.
But one member wrote: “Go for it Peter Whittle don’t let any Islamist scum be Mayor.”
UKIP Councillor Sarah Larkins, the Deputy Mayor of Ramsgate, added to the discussion: “Anyone but a Muslim”, attracting three ‘likes’ from party members.
When one commenter warned her that “Cllrs should be very carefull [sic] what they say” in a public Facebook group, another UKIP member added: “Putting a Muslim, especially one who has spoken out against us, into any sort of power, is like cutting our own heads off. Lets give IKIP [sic] and Peter Whittle a chance”.
Another added: “Mr Khan looks very smart, but why is he dressed in Western Clothes when the 95% of Muslim wear rags and dress in Eastern Clothes.”
The commenter suggested Mr Khan had an “ulterior motive”, adding: “The bad are always plotting and scheming will never integrate unless to achieve their goal their hatred for the west.
“They dictate to the good people who are too scared to interfere especially when shopping Terrorists instead of hiding them, and because of this they are no better than terrorists themselves.”
The group is yet to comment on revelations that the party suspended candidate and Parliamentary Spokesperson Suzanne Evans for criticising a ‘gay cure’ candidate.
Court documents seen by PinkNews last week revealed that Ms Evans is facing action under party rules after she spoke out to condemn an extreme anti-gay UKIP candidate who believes in ‘curing’ gay people.
She has been suspended for six months over the issue and two other ‘infractions’.