Would-be Welsh Ukip MP faces discipline over anti-Islamic leaflet

A Ukip parliamentary candidate who distributed a leaflet condemning diversity and the notion of a multicultural society is to be disciplined by the party.

But Martyn Ford has not been suspended as the candidate for Swansea West and his case is unlikely to be considered before late next month.

The leaflet states: “Islamic terror. Abuse of our children. The consequence of multiculturalism.” It goes on to quote critical remarks made by Mr Ford about Muslims, immigration and the “political elite”.

A Ukip spokesman said: “This flyer was submitted for approval by the party, but it was deemed inappropriate. It was distributed nonetheless. We will be taking the appropriate action.”

It is understood that Mr Ford will be reported to Ukip’s national executive under the party’s disciplinary process, but that is not likely to be until late November.

Anti-racism campaigner, former Cabinet member and Labour MP for Neath Peter Hain, said: “Condemning diversity and attacking multiculturalism shows just how dangerously out of touch Ukip are with modern Wales.

“The language used on Martyn Ford’s official Ukip leaflet is completely unacceptable. Rather than reasoned policies Ukip have opted for poisonous rhetoric aimed at immigrants. The content of Mr Ford’s leaflet would not look out of place on something produced by the BNP or National Front.

“That Ukip have refused to suspend Mr Ford for this offensive and inflammatory propaganda is truly shocking. It is clear that despite their attempts at spin, Ukip are a dangerous right-wing party that feeds on hatred and have nothing positive to offer the people and communities of Swansea or Wales.”

Swansea West Labour MP Geraint Davies, said: “This leaflet has caused enormous concerns and distress among our local communities – no one in Swansea wants the politics of division and hatred that this leaflet represents.“I have been approached by a large number of local residents who have been appalled and shocked by what they see as an expression of racism and prejudice by Ukip in Swansea.

“The people of Swansea expect parliamentary candidates to respect everyone in the community irrespective of their political views and represent all people in our community.”

Wales Online, 8 October 2014