West Lancs Ukip candidate Jack Sen joins the BNP and admits he agrees with parts of national socialism
The controversial figure also says he does not mind if immigrants are “white, brown, yellow… as long as they are good for the country”
Jack Sen, who increased UKIP’s vote share by 240% in West Lancashire in this month’s General Election, said Nick Griffin’s former party was heading in the “right direction”.
He told the ECHO he would begin working as the BNP’s North West press officer, as well as helping to run its website.
Mr Sen also spoke of his admiration for 1930s British Union of Fascists leader Oswald Mosley – whose wedding was attended by Adolf Hitler – and the infamous “rivers of blood” Tory MP Enoch Powell.
He said: “I respect some of the things they have said and stood for. Powell was pointing out the culture of Britain would disintegrate under the weight of immigration and Oswald Mosley didn’t want Britain to get involved in a foreign war – I agree with those two sentiments.”
He denied being a Nazi supporter, but admitted he agreed with elements of national socialism – the political ideology spouted by Hitler.
Mr Sen said: “Am I a Nazi? Absolutely not. Do I believe national socialism has done good things? It has got some things right. But I don’t walk around saluting Hitler.
“A national socialist in his purest form wants to protect his country and loves his country.”
Discussing his views on immigration, Mr Sen added: “White, brown, yellow – it doesn’t make a difference to me as long as they are good for the country.”
Mr Sen was suspended by Ukip officials after a message was sent from his Twitter account to Wavertree MP Luciana Berger, saying: “Protect child benefits? If you had it your way you’d send the £ to Poland/Israel.”
Ms Berger described this comment, made during a debate about whether EU migrants should be able to send British benefits back to their home countries, as “clearly anti-Semitic”.
Mr Sen was suspended by Ukip just days before the May 7 election, but still appeared on the ballot papers as the party’s candidate.
Another Twitter message sent from Mr Sen’s account said: “Britain’s youngest Jewish MP, Luciana Berger, is facing criticism over her record of… loyalties.”
This message was also interpreted as an anti-Semitic slur, suggesting Ms Berger is loyal to Israel over Britain.
Asked which party he has supported since his suspension from Ukip, Mr Sen said: “I would say to be honest the BNP goes in the right direction. It’s the only nationalist party. The BNP would be the one party.
“I will be helping them as a North West press officer, helping them with their online strategy.”
Suspending Mr Sen earlier this month, Ukip party leader Nigel Farage apologised for the comments attributed, while in a statement the party said Mr Sen “has expressed views that in no way reflect the views of the party… in the light of these and other comments, Mr Sen has been suspended from UKIP with immediate effect”.
The ECHO contacted Mr Sen after a video appeared online of him giving a speech at the London Forum, a gathering attended by neo-Nazis, Holocaust deniers and other far right extremists.
Here are some of his more controversial statements:
On whether he is an anti-Semite, Mr Sen says: “I know the way I think and that it may be anti-Semitic. I’m not sure. But certainly nothing I would have said publicly, I’m not that stupid, would be anti-Semitic.”
Discussing how he plotted with South African extremists to drive Ukip voters into the hands of parties including the BNP, Mr Sen says: “At first I was angry (after being suspended by Ukip), but then I said ‘no, you know what, I’m going to fight back’.
“So what I did was I contacted some people I know in South Africa who would obviously agree with my position that there was an ethnic genocide taking place in South Africa.
“They got on the internet and they basically called for a boycott of Ukip and for every British person of South African origin to vote against Ukip, to vote for the Tory Party, to vote for the BNP, they didn’t mind. Whoever it was, vote against Ukip.”
On his beliefs that there is a Jewish plot to take over Ukip, Mr Sen says: “I’m afraid at this point it has been taken over.
“All signs point to the fact… the donation from the Daily Express, Desmond is Jewish, he is a Zionist. There are so many Friends of Israel supporters within Ukip.”
These comments are a reference to Express owner Richard Desmond’s £1.3m donation to Ukip in the build up to the General Election.
From The Liverpool Echo. 21.05.15. Report by Joshua Taylor