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Nigel Farage 'can't stand having bodyguards'
8 months ago

Nigel Farage

UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage says he is facing the threat of violence from organisations "headed up by senior Labour Party figures".

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Mr Farage told the BBC he "can't stand" having to travel with bodyguards as he has "always been a free spirit".

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He denied accusing Labour of organising violence but said some trade union-funded anti-fascist groups had "acted in a violent way more than once".

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Hope not Hate and Unite against Fascism both rejected Mr Farage's claims.

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BBC Sunday Politics host Andrew Neil had asked Mr Farage about the impact on family life of having to travel with four bodyguards.

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Mr Farage said: "I can't stand it. I've always been a free spirit that's wandered about the place and done my own thing.

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"Sadly we have a a couple of organisations out there headed up by senior Labour Party figures, who purport to be against fascism and extremism, who receive funding from the Department of Communities, who receive funding from the trade unions, who have acted in a violent way more than once."

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Asked if he was accusing the Labour Party of organising the violence, he said: "No. I said Unite against Fascism and Hope not Hate are taxpayer-funded, they are trade union-funded, they are headed up by very senior Labour figures.

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"I'm perfectly happy for them to come to my meetings and have an argument with me but it's not so much fun when they're banging you over the head with banners."

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The Hope Not Hate campaign group, whose patrons include Labour peer Baroness Kinnock, said Mr Farage's claim that he faced the threat of violence from its members was "wrong".

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The group's spokesman, Duncan Cahill, said: "Nigel Farage once more gets the facts wrong. We want people to vote against him and it's as simple as that."

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Unite Against Fascism, whose officers include the Labour MP Peter Hain said it "completely refutes" claims by Mr Farage that he faces the threat of violence from the group.

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Mr Hain said the UKIP leader's claims were "nonsense" and said he was "proud" to be part of the organisation.

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Its joint national secretary, Weyman Bennett, said that if UKIP "put up racist advertisements" and its candidates made homophobic comments, "a large proportion of the population will find exception to it".

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"If he's unpopular it's because he's been using the politics of scapegoating and that has brought a response from the very people he's been targeting," he said.

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He added: "It's astonishing a politician would attack an anti-racist, anti-fascist organisation rather than deal with the fact that by playing the race card, he's igniting the same issue as Enoch Powell."

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Mr Bennett also denied the organisation had received any government funding. He said Unite Against Fascism would be writing to Mr Farage to demand that he retract his claims.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-27361605

8 months ago

John, when you have a moment or two, I could do with your response on this story, thank's

8 months ago

Ray, I would like to know what you feel about this, as well.  John W, we would like to hear what you have to say, too.  

8 months ago

Linda, there is alot of back biting going on, indeed, there could have been threats made to Nigel Farage, Cameron does not feel comfortable nor does any of the other Political Parties, I am amazed to find BNP also tailing UKIP,

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I believe but not sure as yet, UKIP are well infornt in the EU Elections, which is only to be expected, for years now all the other main Political Parties have justt been sitting back, and letting the British People bear the brunt of the EU, now there is a Party that gives hope, Cameron, Clegg and Miliband know for the a fact the British are at their best when they their back's against the wall, and this what happened,

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If Cameron was going to have a Referredum on our membership, why wait until 2017, why not now, the truth is all 3 Political Parties in UK pee in the same pot, as I said before, whatt is happening they are all ganging up on the UKIP Leader, it can turn very nasty in the next days as we approach the 22nd of May,

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any other time in the EU Election it would played down that much I would not even notice that there had been an election, this year however is verry different, but is not just the UK the whole of the EU member states are same, even Germany have started up now,

just waiting to hear off John to see if can give any  more information on the state of play at the moment

8 months ago

Ray, this is so helpful and I am so glad to have your input as I woiuld have to say that if I were a citizen of the UK I would be seroiusly supporting the UKIP Leader in the EU elections.  

It seems that you have some of the same problems that we have; people elected that are not listening to the people like they should.

8 months ago

I think it is shocking how UKIP is being demonised by left wing groups! Hope not hate is now a banned group for UKIP members. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVFlCRY3cy4

8 months ago

John, glad to have you back.  I do so hope that what we are experiencing here will not be what you experience but it doesn't look that way.  The liberals here (Democratic Party) are so anti-conservatives that they are always demonizing the Republican Party; it is not at all good, either.  There is no maturity in that sort of action and you would think that adults are above childish games.  The media here (major Television, Radio and newspapers) are much to blame for this, too.

8 months ago

Thank you Linda & it does appear to be getting worse. The three main parties & especally Labour are supporting those so called antifascist groups. What is so annoy is that UKIP is not a racist or Fascist party at all!

8 months ago

John, oh does that ring a bell; the Reublicans (conservatives) here are called racist as any negative about Obama means you are racist.  We have been labeled as racist since he was running for president in 2008; not even elected as yet.  And yes, now we are facists as well.  I guess we are in good company with the UKIP party.  I just don't understand as we are not the least facist and we are not racist, either. and John, since Obama has been in office we have been subjected to real racism from he and his Administraiton and the Democrats as well.

8 months ago

I have noticed that about the Republican party & the Tea Party. I must admit to having been quite ignorant of the Tea Party & what is was about.

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