Ukip expels councillor over remarks

Published: Sunday 21st December 2014 by The News Editor

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A Ukip councillor has been expelled from the party over comments made in a TV interview.

Rozanne Duncan has been thrown out of Nigel Farage’s party over the remarks, which have yet to be broadcast.

Ukip took the immediate decision to expel Ms Duncan, a Thanet district councillor, because the remarks bring the party into disrepute.

Ukip would not reveal the comments she is alleged to have made, but a source told the Kent Online website they were “jaw dropping”.

A party spokesman said: ” Ukip is expelling Cllr Rozanne Duncan under rule I5 of its constitution for bringing the party into disrepute. She has 28 days to appeal.”

It is understood the party only became aware of the comments yesterday and decided to take swift action.

A source said the fact that she has been immediately expelled, rather than suspended, indicates that “we are serious about this”.

The decision follows a difficult few days for Mr Farage’s party, which have seen the resignation of would-be MP Kerry Smith over a series of offensive comments.

In recordings of phone calls, the would-be MP was said to have mocked gay party members as “poofters”, joked about shooting people from Chigwell in a “peasant hunt” and referred to someone as a “Chinky bird”.

They were revealed just days after he had been reinstated as the party’s general election candidate in South Basildon and East Thurrock.

He initially apologised and explained that he had been under great stress at the time of the comments and taking strong pain killers.

Published: Sunday 21st December 2014 by The News Editor

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