UKIP is racist, says Heseltine

Lord Heseltine, the former Tory cabinet member, has claimed that the UK Independence Party is racist.

Asked by the BBC if UKIP was racist, Lord Heseltine replied: “Of course it’s racist, who doubts that? Farage isn’t racist, but his party is very attractive to a racist agenda.”

The Conservative peer added: “We have seen the UKIPs before”, and went on to mention Enoch Powell and French nationalist leader Marine le Penn.

Lord Heseltine, the former deputy prime minister in the Conservative government in the 1990s, said that a vote for UKIP at the next general election would be one for Labour. He said: “The price of not voting for the Tories will be Ed Miliband.”

He urged his party not to be drawn by UKIP’s Eurosceptic stance and to focus on other matters.

“Europe is somewhere down about ninth on what issues people care about. People are just not interested. It’s a media hype-type issue,” he said.

Heseltine’s accusation of racism sparked an angry response from Amjad Bashir, who is standing as an MEP for UKIP in Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire. Bashir said: “Michael Heseltine has gone on TV and told the national broadcaster that UKIP is intrinsically racist. That is a very, very serious comment indeed.

“Well, he can come back and justify on national TV these baseless and repugnant remarks. I challenge him directly. He is an ignorant, out-of-touch dinosaur and quite frankly horrendously flippant by throwing about the word to suit his party’s agenda.”

It comes days after Gawain Towler, an aide to UKIP leader Nigel Farage, caused a storm by referring to a journalist as being “of some form of ethnic extraction”.

Readers' comments (3)

  • Heseltine is pro-european 'wet' so anything he can say to denigrate UKIP, whose main aim is to extract us from the EU, is bound to be biased.If not wanting hard-line Islamists or Bulgarian beggars in our country, then I'm a racist too.

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  • keith pearce

    Agreed Ian, I'm not a racist but you fit in or fk off in my book. I could go on for ages in here now but I can solve every one of the UK's problems and yes I should get involved with politics because I see how many white English are leaving the country and the way the education is being dragged down rather then going upward. Would I vote for someone born to immigrants running this country hell no !!! there the labour vote gone, Tories oxford grads with no real life or overseas experience not a chance. Ukip got a chance for a vote from me only because of the listed above.

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  • Michael Heseltine is a nasty twisted old man who clings to the Euro experiment for fear of having to admit he got it all wrong years ago. He's had his day and his say and now should just fade away.

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