Ukip candidate suspended over alleged shooting threat

A Ukip candidate has been suspended after being filmed apparently threatening to shoot his Conservative rival for the North East Hampshire seat.

The Daily Mirror secretly filmed Robert Blay saying he would “personally put a bullet” in Ranil Jayawardena if the Tory hopeful ever became Prime Minister.

Mr Blay also said Mr Jayawardena was “not British enough to be in our parliament”.

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A Ukip spokesman apologised to Mr Jayawardena, saying the comments “have absolutely no place in British politics or public life”.

Ukip’s deputy leader Paul Nuttall defended his party over numerous past scandals, saying all the other parties had the same issues.

“From 1 January this year there has been 319 councillors from all of the other political parties who have either been convicted or stood down for issues as bad as paedophilia, fraud, theft, terrorism, rape… I mean, the list can go on. So we don’t have a monopoly – this is a problem for all political parties,” he told the Today programme.

“The other parties have exactly the same issues; it’s just that with us it constantly gets picked up by the national press.”

From Politics Home . Report by John Ashmore . 06.05.15

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