Hampstead and Kilburn UKIP candidate caught on film declaring UK is ‘at war with Islam’

11:54 20 April 2015

Hannah McGrath for the Brent and Kilburn Times

H&K UKIP parliamentary candidate Magnus Nielsen

The UKIP candidate standing for election in Hampstead and Kilburn has been filmed declaring Britain is ‘at war with Islam’ at a far-right rally.

The Mirror newspaper has released footage of Magnus Nielsen, an outspoken critic of Islam, addressing crowds at a weekend event in Westminster organized by the controversial MARIAS group-Mothers Against Radical Islam and Sharia- which is often linked to the English Defence League.

Speaking to crowds shouting anti-Islamic slogans, Mr Nielsen, 65, is recorded saying: “I’d let the Muslims know they have to fight all the way along the line.”

Speaking into a microphone, the candidate who hopes to overturn Labour’s majority of 42 votes in the country’s tighest marginal race can be heard saying: “This country has been at war with Islam since Islam was created 1300 years ago.

“In fact, Islam has been the enemy of every democratic and free society ever since. And it’s gaining strength.”

Mr Nielsen appeared at the protest alonsgide fellow UKIP candidate Anne-Marie Waters, who is standing to become MP for Lewisham East.

There is a formal ban on UKIP members having involvement with far right organizations such as the EDL and affiliated groups.

The video, which came to light following the Mirror’s investigation is available to view on this link.

Mr Nielsen most recently courted controversy in February when he said his ambition was to “licence the mosques”.

Lively Harrow Hustings despite Tory absence

 18 April 2015

 On Saturday 18 April, parliamentary candidates for the marginal seat of Harrow West were quizzed by the mainly Muslim audience at the Sri Lankan Muslim Cultural Centre primarily on local issues. With a majority of just above 3000 and a Muslim electorate of over 9000, the views of the Muslim community play an important role in this constituency.

 The incumbent Gareth Thomas was present alongside the Liberal Democrat prospective parliamentary candidate Chris Noyce at the third hustings organised by the Muslim Forum of Middlesex (MFM), a diverse non-partisan coalition of mosques and Islamic associations in Harrow with attendees of over twenty thousand people.

 The most controversial aspect of the evening was the absence of the Conservative prospective parliamentary candidate, Hannah David, whose seat remained empty despite elaborate attempts by the Muslim Forum of Middlesex (MFM) to organise a suitable date for her diary. Attempts began several months ago, and a “yes in principle” was provided by Ms David in front of William Hague. The Conservative candidate was also offered the opportunity to choose a date that suited her schedule, and when a date was finally chosen, the time was even changed to accommodate her prior commitments but she was unfortunately still not able to participate.

 The MFM co-ordinator and chair for the day, Miqdaad Versi, emphasised the importance of engagement with the Muslim community: “We are bitterly disappointed at the absence of the Conservative party at today’s event and we hope all candidates in our local area will engage with all communities so they can be a representative of all, not just a few.” The chair noted that the pledges to the Muslim community from the main candidates for both Harrow East and West, including Hannah David, were available on the MFM website, providing the opportunity of all to understand her views even though she was not present.

 After a customary recitation of the Qur’an, the debate began – the issue that generated the most debate was that of education: from tuition fees, the efficacy of free schools, support for faith schools, Islamophobic bullying within schools and hourly rates paid to nurseries providing childcare whilst the minimum wage forces up costs.

 Noyce made clear his opposition to the Coalition and many of its policies, and when it came to tuition fees stated: “It’s clear Nick Clegg has learnt his lesson” when asked why anyone should trust his promises.

 Both candidates present pledged to put the needs of their constituency above the views of the party by voting against the party line and risking potential future ministerial positions if they had a strong view on an issue.

 On health, in response to a doctor in the audience about the performance of Northwick Park hospital, Thomas highlighted his experience at Northwick Park, on the one hand praising the surgeon who helped with the delivery of his young girl, but on the other hand, critiquing the post-natal care received by his partner. He assured the audience that he was already in talks with the Chief Executive of the hospital, and believed that the extra £2.5bn funding pledged within the Labour Manifesto would help solve the immediate needs within the health sector.

 Islamophobia was also a hot topic for discussion after the chair highlighted key facts demonstrating the very real local threat of the growth in Islamophobia, as well as its socially acceptance within broad swathes of the British community. The two candidates expressed a keen interest in working with local and national Muslim organisations to develop cross-government strategies to combat the increasing anti-Muslim hatred, including in social media and amongst the political class.

 The event also generated a passionate discussion on the issue of Palestine. Noyce was very concerned about the actions by Israel in Gaza, and supported a two-state solution. Thomas highlighted the view of the Opposition Leader Ed Miliband that the attack by Israel was “disproportionate”, and confirmed that he would not be supportive of exporting arms to a nation where their actions could be in violation of the strict rules in place.

 At the end of the debate, Thomas suggested that voting for Noyce might open up the seat for the Conservative party, to which Noyce highlighted that for him, the Liberal Democrat party best reflected his views and he was proud to be a candidate for the party. Whilst promoting tactical voting in Harrow West to support his candidacy, Thomas pointedly refused to promote the same idea in seats where the Liberal Democrats were the opposition party to the Conservatives.

 Following the closure of the session, Junaid Mubarak, the Chairman of the Sri Lankan Muslim Cultural Centre, said: “What was great was seeing such a huge turnout of people who wanted to raise their views and hold the potential parliamentarians to account. And I could see that Gareth Thomas enjoyed the samosa we provided afterwards!”

 The co-ordinator of MFM commented: “It is fantastic to see the candidates being challenged on their record and on their views on issues that affect their constituents, and we hope that by working together, we are able to help create a stronger Harrow.”

 Those unable to make it in person joined the discussion using #HarrowHustings with over 100 tweets displayed on screen display for all to see.

Photos: see here

Video: see here

UKIP Black Country candidate condemns ‘evil cult of Islam’

From the Daily Express

UKIP has today stood by him after investigating. The party could not drop him as a candidate even if it wanted to as nominations closed on April 9.

Last night, he apologised and said he was only criticising extremists, not Muslims in general. The former pub landlord, now a coach driver, put a message on Facebook linking to an old news story about a then-Labour minister claiming the party had been infiltrated by a fundamentalist Muslim group that wanted to create an ‘Islamic social and political order’ in Britain.

Mr Latham posted his own remarks saying: “So the Muslims have infiltrated the Labour party. What a surprise. Who would have guessed such a thing was possible? The Labour Party of Diane Abbott and Harriet Harman infiltrated by the evil cult of Islam. Wow.”

A spokesman for UKIP said today: “UKIP notes that Steve Latham has apologised for his remark and explained that he was intending to criticise only extremists and not all Muslims. UKIP has many Muslim members, some of them candidates in this election, who fully support our positions on religion, immigration, culture and social cohesion, and clearly Mr Latham’s comment did not represent the party’s view.”

The comments come at a sensitive time for UKIP which yesterday launched its manifesto for the election. Party leader Nigel Farage set out plans for an early referendum on withdrawal from the European Union and a major reduction in immigration.

Farage made controversial remarks on HIV patients during the leaders' debate
UKIP leader Nigel Farage

Mr Latham, who used to run the Scott Arms and Joker pubs in Great Barr, said he could not recall putting the post on Facebook when he was asked about it. But he said: “I wouldn’t have meant it about Islam itself. It would have been about the people causing problems.

“It’s just the extremists. And there are extremists in all faiths. All I can do is apologise. I meant no disrespect.”

Sandwell Council’s Labour leader Darren Cooper said: “This is an outrageous statement to make about someone else’s religion. I call on Nigel Farage to suspend Steve Latham as a Parliamentary candidate.”

UKIP is fielding candidates across the West Midlands.

The party gained councillors in Cannock Chase, Walsall, Sandwell and Wolverhampton and especially in Dudley, where it won seven seats. UKIP is on course to come at least second in Dudley North, revealed as one of its top 10 targets in the country.

Are the Tories attacking Muslims to win votes?

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury consider, exhibit A:

Sajid updated

Sajid Javid, the Conservatives’ highest ranking Muslim, told The Telegraph: “I absolutely think there has been a misplaced sense of political correctness that prevented authorities, whether social workers or police, from properly investigating what was going on [in the Rochdale child sexual exploitation].

Mr Javid went on to say that some communities in parts of Britain have a ‘cultural’ problem that allows women to be viewed as commodities.

Now, consider exhibit B:

TM updated

Theresa May announced that British authorities will be given powers to close down mosques where extremists gather under a future Conservative government.

Mrs May also proposed a raft of measures to promote British values “more assertively” by changing visas to ensure visitors follow them and review citizenship laws to ensure effectiveness.

Finally, consider exhibit C:

BOJO updated
At the time, he also told The Sun: “I often hear voices from the Muslim intelligentsia who are very quick to accuse people of Islamophobia.

“But they are not explaining how it can be that this one religion seems to be leading people astray in so many cases. They are not being persuasive in the right way with these people.”

So to summarise the evidence, we have three potential Conservative leaders bashing Muslims within the past month.

And to what end? To win over UKIP voters. The Prime Minister, David Cameron, this morning told UKIP voters “it’s time to come home“. So what is Mr Cameron competing against?

A ‘fifth column’ of some Muslims ‘hate us and want to kill us’, says Farage as he claims there has never before been a migrant group that wants to ‘change who we are and what we are

It certainly is a chilling prospect when senior Conservative figures are tripping over each other to attack Muslims to please UKIP voters. It is as if the Conservatives have given up on winning the support of 2.7 million British Muslims.

Sadiq Khan: The Tories and UKIP are preparing to work together

This is an op-ed by Sadiq Khan

When my parents moved to London in the 1960’s they were confronted with signs saying ‘no blacks, no dogs, no Irish’. Over fifty years, discrimination in British society has reduced significantly- largely because of Labour’s strong anti-discrimination laws.
That’s why I’m concerned that the Tories are preparing to work with UKIP after the election. Both David Cameron and George Osborne have repeatedly refused to rule out working with UKIP.

A growing number of Tory MPs and grassroots activists want to do a deal with UKIP. Indeed, they are reportedly already striking deals with UKIP up and down the country in key marginals.

The terms of a deal have been set. Nigel Farage wants an early referendum on whether Britain remains in the EU. When asked about it, David Cameron said he would be “delighted”.

UKIP referred to countries receiving overseas aid as “bongo bongo land” and countless candidates have been sacked for racism. One UKIP candidate said that Lenny Henry should “go and live in a black country” while another said she had a ‘problem’ with ‘negroes’. Nigel Farage repeatedly criticises multiculturalism.

Just imagine if the Tories went in to partnership with UKIP. UKIP have signed up to the Tories’ extreme spending plans, which put the NHS at risk. Both parties favour tax breaks for millionaires and would increase NHS privatisation. They would make life harder for black and Asian Brits.

Tackling racial inequality has been neglected by this government. The number of young BAME people out of work for a year has risen by almost half. Five more years of the Tories, with UKIP’s help, would further threaten living standards.

Nigel Farage recently said he wants to get rid of all the race discrimination laws that protect us. It’s a chilling thought.

Everybody knows that Labour is the Party of equality. We will keep working to break down barriers to opportunity caused by prejudice and discrimination.

Labour has a better plan, based on increasing living standards for working families, saving and transforming our NHS and ensuring the next generation have more opportunities. Our race equality strategy will tackle inequality, abuses of stop and search and make our police, judiciary and civil service more representative.

Our country only succeeds when working people succeed and we want everyone, from all backgrounds, to share in our national success.

Sadiq Khan is Labour’s Shadow Justice Secretary and London Minister  

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