UKIP pays Eastern European workers to distribute anti-immigration party leaflets

UKIP launched a £1.5m anti-immigration election campaign last month. “26 million people in Europe are looking for work. And whose job are they after?” read one of the posters.

But who has UKIP been paying to distribute these leaflets? Some Eastern European workers.

According to Huffington Post UK, door-to-door distribution firm Fast Leaflet’s Latvian and Eastern European employees have been distributing leaflets for the party.

Andrew Spalis, owner, Fast Leaflet, told Huffington Post: “I’ve got my phone book full of names and telephone numbers of people who want to make lots of money, and I call them when I need people. Sometimes I take English people, but not very often.”

Gavin Barwell, Tory MP for Croydon Central, said: “UKIP’s hypocrisy knows no bounds. They say they are against Europeans taking our jobs and then, when they have a chance to offer some British people work delivering their leaflets because they can’t find volunteers to do it, they employ European workers. You couldn’t make it up!”

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  • Gavin Barwell, Tory MP for Croydon Central, said: “UKIP’s hypocrisy knows no bounds. They say they are against Europeans taking our jobs and then, when they have a chance to offer some British people work delivering their leaflets because they can’t find volunteers to do it, they employ European workers. You couldn’t make it up!”

    UKIP is not being hypocritical. It would be illegal for them to discriminate in favour of British workers.r

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  • Anonymous

    Gavin Barwell, Tory MP for Croydon Central, said: “UKIP’s hypocrisy knows no bounds. They say they are against Europeans taking our jobs and then, when they have a chance to offer some British people work delivering their leaflets because they can’t find volunteers to do it, they employ European workers. You couldn’t make it up!”

    UKIP is not being hypocritical. It would be illegal for them to discriminate in favour of British workers.r

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  • I took the trouble to check who was distributing UKiP leaflets in my neighbourhood and I can confirm that they were all Indians.

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  • Ian Middleton

    Yes it would be illegal for them to discriminate against foreign workers. The salient point here is that their support base is so feeble that they have to pay people to distribute their drivel.

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  • Do we detect a tiny bit of resentment here, that UKIP have it right? All three mainstream parties, are on a road to nothing. There is no Objective, if we carry on with Europe as it is, we will be a minor state of it. UKIP have said they want control, not open door.
    All we need is a free trade agreement, with Europe - not a take over.
    Say what you like, but most people on ground level, are supporting them.

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  • I have a friend, a primary school teacher, who went for a job interview for a teaching job in a Gravesend primary school last year. She didn't get the job a) because she didn't speak Polish b) because the Polish immigrant teacher that got the job also took it for less pay. It ain't rocket science. Work it our for yourselves. Immigrant workers are driving down wages. They are forming significant diasporas all over the UK and taking jobs that would otherwise be given to the indigenous population for a descent wage. I am half eastern European and proud of it. I am saying its time to close the boarder, and fast, before any more countries join the EU.

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