Gay UKIP candidate defends tweeting that ISIS terrorist should have killed himself

Nick Duffy March 2, 2015
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UKIP is investigating gay Prospective Parliamentary Candidate Richard Hilton, after he sent a tweet claiming the Islamic State terrorist known as ‘Jihadi John’ should have committed suicide.

Richard Hilton – who is standing for the party in Mitcham and Morden – sent tweets after reports into the identity of a British-born terrorist.

The UKIP candidate, who is also a senior manager for British Telecom, wrote: “Jihadi John ‘contemplated suicide’. It’s a shame he didn’t. Don’t understand media attempts to blame MI5 for his evil.”

Gay UKIP candidate defends tweeting that ISIS terrorist should have killed himself

He has refused to apologise for the tweet – citing the group’s alleged executions of gay men in Syria and Iraq.

Mr Hilton said: “‘Jihadi John’ of Islamic State is one of the most evil men on the planet and the world would be a better place without him.

“I was not advocating suicide and as I realised the tweet could be misconstrued I deleted it.

“I am gay and Islamic State are throwing gay people off roofs before stoning their bodies, so I am not going to apologise for wishing that Jihadi John and the murderous Islamic State were not around.”

Update: This article originally stated that a UKIP spokesman had confirmed that Mr Hilton would be investigated. UKIP has confirmed that this is not the case.

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