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UKIP wobble into new race row over Mo Farah

ANOTHER RACISM CASE: UKIP leader Farage, left, and Olympic hero Farah (PA)

RIGHT-WING PARTY UKIP is again embroiled in another racism storm after one of its candidates described Mo Farah as "African" and questioned his membership of Team GB.

David Wycherley, who is standing for Rushall-Shelfield ward, asked his Facebook friends to explain "how Mo Farah, an African… has won a Gold medal for Great Britain".

Wycherley also joked about "starving Africans".

This race row is the latest in a series of blunders by UKIP party members, which has resulted in suspensions resignations.

Last week UKIP member Andre Lampitt was kicked out of the party for his “repellent” views on Nigerians and immigrants, and yesterday (April 29) Enfield, north London, candidate William Henwood, resigned after suggesting Lenny Henry should leave Britain for a “black country”.

Party leader Nigel Farage, who has since apologised to Henry on social media, claimed the party is being infiltrated by people trying to bring it down.

Farage also hit back at a Guardian report that a cross party campaign is being launched to brand his party as expressing racist views.

He said to the BBC: "I am really sorry that millions of people who have decided to vote UKIP next month now find themselves accused by the political establishment of supporting racism.

"This is like the incident between Gordon Brown and Gillian Duffy at the last general election writ large – this time it is not merely one person being slandered by one establishment party but huge numbers of decent British people under attack and all three Westminster parties levelling the charge of racism and bigotry."

Farage added: "They are trying to browbeat the British public into abandoning UKIP and sticking with open-door immigration by using the most disgraceful slurs. This is the classic tactic of any cartel whose position is threatened by a new competitor in the market place.

"When UKIP was perceived mainly as a threat to the Conservative party, it was David Cameron and his colleagues who used this tactic. Now we are recognised as a threat to the entire establishment it is all three parties that are slinging mud."

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