Ukip County Council to quit after sharing offensive material about Islam on Facebook
22 Jul 2013 08:03 GMT
 
London: Rhetoric against Islam in the western world continues as recently a political figure in the United Kingdom was found involved in sharing material against Islam on a popular social networking website which is likely to lead to removal of the Ukip county councilor from the party.

London: Rhetoric against Islam in the western world continues as recently a political figure in the United Kingdom was found involved in sharing material against Islam on a popular social networking website which is likely to lead to removal of the Ukip county councilor from the party.

Ukip County Councilor, Eric Kitson, shared offensive material about the Muslims on his Facebook page and he confessed to do so as well.

According to the reports, Kitson will quit the Worcestershire County Council seat he won less than two weeks ago following the incident.

The 59-year-old, who represented Stourport-on-Severn, has denied being a racist and claimed that he had shared cartoons and jokes to show how “disgusting” they were.

He has since apologized and said it was “stupid” for him to share the messages, which were posted last year on his Facebook.

Bill Etheridge, the Ukip Chairman for Dudley and Halesowen, said that an internal investigation had been launched by the party and officials were considering Kitson’s membership of the party.

Etheridge said, “Ukip does not condone hate, racism or prejudice. We totally condemn those things because it’s not what the party is about. In fact it is the total opposite of what the party is about.”

He said that Kitson’s decision to resign was right under the circumstances.

He said, “An investigation is taking place internally into the events and part of that investigation will consider his ongoing membership of the party.”

“The party rules state that extreme views are not compatible so senior level head office members of the party will look at the facts of what has happened here and make their decision,” he added.

Kitson has since closed his Facebook page.

He had received 1,385 votes to take the Wyre Forest seat on May 2, beating rivals from the three mainstream political groups.



-- Al Arabiya Digital


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