‘Anti-woke’ Tory leadership hopeful Kemi Badenoch endorsed by ‘literal fascists’ Britain First
Far-right group Britain First has urged supporters to back “anti-woke” Tory leadership candidate Kemi Badenoch in the race to become prime minister.
Britain First – which has been described as a “fascist” political group though it has denied such claims – endorsed Badenoch after the results of the third round of Conservative leadership voting Monday (18 July).
The group claimed in a press release it had “thousands” of members who joined the Tories to “help Boris Johnson win the previous election” in 2019, according to screenshots shared online by Guardian political correspondent Aubrey Allegretti.
Britain First said these “members/infiltrators” have now been “instructed” to vote for Badenoch because she is the only “anti-woke” candidate. The group called other election candidates Rishi Sunak, Penny Mordaunt and Liz Truss – who are the current frontrunners – the “liberal wing” of the Conservative Party.
Britain First have just sent out a press release claiming to have thousands of members who can vote in the Conservative leadership race, and urging them all to vote for Kemi Badenoch pic.twitter.com/enlfARFbGi
— Aubrey Allegretti (@breeallegretti) July 18, 2022
Britain First leader Paul Golding, who was found guilty of an offence under the Terrorism Act in 2020, said the organisation will do “whatever it can to ensure that a genuine patriotic, small ‘c’ conservative values triumph” in the Tory leadership race.
Golding was found guilty of religiously aggravated harassment in 2018 alongside Jayda Fransen, a far-right activist who was deputy leader of Britain First at the time, for a series of hate crimes against Muslims.
Britain First has carried out a lengthy list of inflammatory actions in the past. The ultra-nationalist group advocated banning Islam in the UK following the 2015 Paris terror attack and threatened to bury a pig on the site of a proposed mosque.
Members invaded a Halal slaughterhouse and accused staff of serving Satan.
Britain First’s policies call for the deportation of all asylum seekers “who do not originate from countries bordering the United Kingdom”.
Labour MP Nadia Whittome joined several people on social media criticising Britain First’s endorsement of Badenoch.
Whittome wrote the support was “proof” that “diversity in the Tory leadership race means nothing when they’ve built their careers on throwing people of colour and migrants under the bus”.
Britain First has endorsed Kemi Badenoch.
Proof in case anyone still needed it that diversity in the Tory leadership race means nothing when they’ve built their careers on throwing people of colour and migrants under the bus. pic.twitter.com/kGLsRWZGoc
— Nadia Whittome MP (@NadiaWhittomeMP) July 19, 2022
Remember when I said Kemi Badenoch would damage the fight against racism, and now she's being supported by the overtly racist Britain First party?
I feel like I might have been right. 🤷🏿 pic.twitter.com/SNXoLSnwcG
— Femi (@Femi_Sorry) July 19, 2022
Kemi Badenoch is being used by Britain First.
They can say in the future: 'We're not racist we backed a black woman to be the next Prime Minister'.
Looked on their website and they clearly have a few black and Asian supporters who need a map and compass as they are very lost 🙄 pic.twitter.com/tbZEar3Y8z
— Lorraine King (@lorrainemking) July 19, 2022
Kemi Badenoch being endorsed by racist, neo nazi group Britain First tells you all you need to know about this tory leadership contest.
— Linda Marric (@Linda_Marric) July 19, 2022
Badenoch served as junior equalities minister from 2020 until 6 July when she joined the mass exodus of officials from Johnson’s government. She has been condemned for “utterly failing” LGBTQ+ people as she did little to help the community while in the role.
Kemi Badenoch faced repeated calls for her resignation over the Equalities Office’s delay on vital legislation banning conversion therapy. Yet, in the background, she secretly met with anti-trans lobby group LGB Alliance and allegedly was instrumental in setting up a meeting between government officials and an organisation that advocates for conversion therapy.
Badenoch beat Tom Tugendhat during the third Conservative leadership vote after receiving 58 votes, but she lagged behind the other candidates. Former chancellor Rishi Sunak maintained his lead with 115 votes while Penny Mordaunt held 82.
Truss held third place after getting 71 votes in the third round.
PinkNews has contacted Kemi Badenoch’s office for comment on Britain First’s endorsement.
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