Concerns Britain First ‘demonising’ young migrants in Whitstable asylum row

Britain First leader Paul Golding outside the Ladesfield care home
A far right organisation is inflaming tensions over plans to convert a care home into a centre for asylum seekers, according to a group working for young migrants.
Kate Adams, a member of the Stop the Cuts Campaign, feared extremist group Britain First was ‘demonising’ the new arrivals to the Ladesfield care home in Whitstable after leader Paul Golding made disparaging remarks about Muslims in a video filmed outside the home.

In the short video published on YouTube, Mr Golding points at the centre, the nearby nursery, and Joy Lane Primary School. He is also seen with a companion at the entrance to the centre.

He said: “This huge building is going to be a centre for migrants, asylum seekers, refugees, whatever you want to call them from North Africa, the Middle East, with a high proportion of Muslims.

“So you are going to have Muslim refugees loitering around, burning time in this area here and you are going to have British kids, young kids, playing just over there.

“What possessed Kent County Council, when they came down here and assessed this site to say, ‘yep this is suitable?’ And to make matters worse that over there is a primary school.”

However, Ms Adams said the Stop the Cuts campaign had contacted the Equality and Human Rights Commission for its views on the video, which described the footage as ‘sounding like inciting religious hatred.’

She added: “We are very concerned about it and that is why we contacted the Equality and Human Rights Commission to get advice and we are hoping that people won’t be taken in by this video which is demonising young people and we don’t want to inflame things.”

She said her group did not have a vendetta against Britain First, but was concerned with the public sector and statutory measures and had therefore become involved with Ladesfield because of the impact of statutory measures in relation to the care home.

The care home is set to be used as a reception and distribution centre for the children.

Children will be sent there after being picked up the UK Border Agency and will remain there for four to six weeks while their application for asylum is processed and their age is assessed.

They will also be assigned a social worker and provided with self-supporting accommodation where they have to look after themselves.

The 35 bed care home closed its doors in September 2011 after the county council said it no longer met the minimum standards for care.

From The Canterbury Times . 31.08.15.

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