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Lenny Henry honoured with 'paving stone' award

Lenny Henry is set to receive an award Credit: PA

Comedian Lenny Henry will be honoured with an award in his hometown of Dudley today.

The award, presented by the MOBOs and ITV 2, is part of a wider initiative called 'Paving the Way'. The campaign celebrates renowned performers who have inspired a new generation of artists, honouring them with a paving stone in a place which means something to them.

Lenny has chosen Buffery Park in Dudley.

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Ukip candidate quit by 'mutual agreement' over tweet

A Ukip council candidate who posted an offensive tweet about the comedian Lenny Henry resigned his membership of the party after it was "mutually agreed this would be the best course", a Ukip spokesman said.

William Henwood, who suggested Henry should emigrate to a "black country", was due to stand for the party in next month's election in Enfield, north London.

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Ukip candidate resigns over 'racist' Lenny Henry tweet

Henwood suggested comedian Lenny Henry should emigrate to a "black country". Credit: PA

Ukip council candidate William Henwood has resigned his membership of the party following a controversy over offensive comments about comedian Lenny Henry.

Lenny Henry thanks fans following UKIP race row tweet

Dudley's Lenny Henry has thanked his fans for their support, after a UKIP candidate tweeted that he should emigrate to a "black country".

William Henwood, who is standing in a council election, made the comment in response to a speech by the actor and comedian that said ethnic minorities were under-represented on British television.

Read: UKIP in row over candidate's Lenny Henry tweet

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Jeremy Hunt: Ukip candidate comments 'disgusting'

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt criticises Ukip candidate's comments. Credit: PA

The Health Secretary has criticised a Ukip candidate for posting tweets that suggested comedian Lenny Henry should leave Britain to live in a “black country.”

Jeremy Hunt said the comments made by William Henwood, who is standing in a council election, were "absolutely disgusting".

Speaking to BBC radio programme Five Live, Mr Hunt said: "I think [Nigel Farage] needs to make it absolutely clear that it's not Ukip's view".

Asked if he thought the comments were racist, Mr Hunt replied: "Yes I do. I think it is and that's why I'd like to hear a very clear denunciation of that from Nigel Farage.

"I think it's totally unacceptable and (Lenny Henry) is as British as you and I are."

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