UKIP Cllr's Muslim remarks

A newly elected UKIP Councillor is to quit from Worcestershire County Council after sharing offensive material about Muslims on Facebook.

UKIP Councillor says sorry following resignation over 'racism' on Facebook

The UKIP County Councillor at the centre of a row over racism on Facebook, has released a statement following his resignation.

Eric Kitson is to 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.

It is with sadness that I am announcing my resignation as a Councillor. I am extremely sorry to have let down my friends, the people in the hardworking UKIP team that got me elected, the people of Stourport on Seven who gave me the honour of electing and of course my family.

Like many people who are not professional politicians, I used my Facebook page as a general post board. That was foolish. I am no racist, but I can understand why people could think so.

– Eric Kitson, Former UKIP Councillor
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Ukip councillor quits over offensive Facebook posts

A Ukip county councillor will quit and could be removed from the party after admitting to sharing offensive material about Muslims on his Facebook page.

Eric Kitson is to 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 claims he shared cartoons and jokes to show how "disgusting" they were.

He has since apologised 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 an internal investigation had been launched: "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."

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