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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.

More: Portraying Ukip as racist a 'disastrous mistake' - Farage

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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.

More: Portraying Ukip as racist a 'disastrous mistake' - Farage

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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".

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loving the 'but hang on, Lenny IS actually from the Black Country' rejoinders…priceless…thanks for having my back...

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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Ukip: Any breach of rules will be investigated

A Ukip spokesman said that any breach of party rules would be investigated, but also criticised the exposure of candidate William Henwood's tweet by "the other parties."

A spokesman for the party told the BBC:

Any breach of our rules will be duly investigated and action will be taken.

However one has to question why the other parties are spending hours behaving like secret police and trawling through the social media of Ukip candidates who are everyday men and women, rather than actually doing politics.

Perhaps if they did they would be better able to tackle us on policy, rather than having to rely on smear campaigns to try to undermine Ukip's increasing popularity.

Were we to return the favour we would find an even greater wealth of embarrassment and disgrace in the other three parties' ranks to also spread across the media.

Read: Ukip member: Lenny Henry should live in 'black country'

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Ukip candidate defends Lenny Henry tweet

Ukip is facing a fresh backlash over comments made on Twitter by one of its candidates who suggested Lenny Henry should emigrate to a "black country" in response to a speech by the actor and comedian that said ethnic minorities were under-represented on British television.

Actor and comedian Lenny Henry.
Actor and comedian Lenny Henry. Credit: PA

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William Henwood, who is standing in a council election, told the BBC: "I think if black people come to this country and don't like mixing with white people why are they here? If he (Henry) wants a lot of blacks around go and live in a black country."

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Ukip member: Lenny Henry should live in 'black country'

Ukip member and candidate for election in Enfield, William Henwood, has suggested on Twitter that the comedian Lenny Henry should leave Britain to live in a “black country.”

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@gbrvoice @davejf27 He should emigrate to a black country He does not have to live with whites

He was responding to tweets from Henry suggesting there were not enough ethnic minority faces on the BBC.

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Lenny Henry calls for law to boost low numbers of black people in TV industry http://t.co/Jf8B65L20Z via @guardian

Lenny Henry writes drama based on teenage years in Dudley

Lenny Henry's drama is to air on the BBC
Lenny Henry's drama is to air on the BBC Credit: David Jensen/PA Wire

Comedian Lenny Henry has written a one-off drama based on his teenage years in Dudley and his rise to fame.

"Danny and the Human Zoo" tells the story of a teenage impressionist growing up in a Jamaican family in Dudley in the 1970s.

Henry started working on the controversial "Black and White Minstrel Show" before earning his big break as an impressionist on the talent show "New Faces."

Lenny Henry to receive Freedom of Dudley Award

Lenny Henry is the first entertainer to receive the Freedom of Dudley
Lenny Henry is the first entertainer to receive the Freedom of Dudley Credit: David Jensen/EMPICS Entertainment

Comedian Lenny Henry will receive the Freedom of the Borough of Dudley in recognition of his services to entertainment and his contribution to global fundraising.

The honour has previously only ever been awarded to long serving councillors and the military.

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