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Yet another UKIP candidate accused of posting homophobic Facebook messages

Nick Duffy April 5, 2015

Another of UKIP’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidates has been accused of posting homophobic messages to his Facebook.

Earlier this week, anti-UKIP blog Hope Not Hate posted screenshots in which the party’s Oxford West and Abingdon PPC Alan Harris appeared to say: “why cant i say in my own bloody country black is still a colour and gay are still queers”, as well as posting derogatory messages about Muslims.

Mr Harris denied having sent the messages, and claimed his account had been “hacked” – despite the messages being sent over a number of years.

The party’s Banbury PPC Dickie Bird – who had initially rushed to the defence of Mr Harris – has now been accused of posting homophobic messages himself.

According to the Oxford Mail, Hope Not Hate posted screenshots from Mr Bird’s own private Facebook, in which he moans he is sat opposite a “gay pr**k” on the bus – and labels footballer Fernando Torres a “gay boy”.

PinkNews has reached out to Mr Bird for comment.

UKIP told the newspaper that it was investigating the allegations.

Nigel Farage recently claimed he had been “ruthless” with unsuitable UKIP candidates.

UKIP PPC Ted Strike remains a candidate for the party – despite claiming storms were an “act of God” caused by same-sex marriage.

UKIP’s Winston McKenzie remains a candidate for the party – despite claiming that same-sex adoption is child abuse, and saying he was “dismayed” to find out that Kellie Maloney is transgender.

Gay UKIP MEP David Coburn remains the party’s leader in Scotland – despite facing calls to resign after comparing Muslim SNP minister Humza Yousaf to convicted terrorist Abu Hamza.

Roger Helmer remains a UKIP MEP, despite a string of anti-gay comments – claiming that he should be able to dislike gay people in the same way as different types of tea.

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