Nazi salute 'was phone grab'

A UKIP candidate who appeared to be making a Nazi-salute in pictures posted on Facebook says the image only shows him 'pretending to be houseplant and grabbing the phone'.

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Racist, homophobic and fascist views 'disgust me'

When Alex Wood, the suspended UKIP candidate for Blackmore Vale in the county elections for Somerset, was asked whether he was raising his hand in an alleged "Nazi" salute as was pictured on the front page of a newspaper, he said the photo had been misconstrued.

He said: "No I am not. The pictures that have appeared of me have been taken from a private Facebook account. These are not what they seem to be. First of all, the supposed salute was my left hand reaching for my friend's mobile phone.

Alex Wood, the suspended UKIP Candidate for Blackmore Vale in the county elections for Somerset Credit: ITV News

He added: "She has made a statement which clears up the meaning of them.

"These statements are completely untrue, my Facebook has been hacked, this matter is being dealt with by the police."

He denied he has ever held any extreme right view.

He said: "Absolutely not. I see myself as a democratic libertarian. Racist, homophobic and fascists views absolutely disgust me. I am completely against such views. These statements are not mine."

UKIP suspend candidate 'pending police investigation'

UKIP has confirmed that Alex Wood, who appeared to make a Nazi-salute in a picture posted on Facebook, has been suspended by the party.

Alex Wood maintains that his account has been hijacked and he reported this to the police some days ago.

We have suspended his candidacy pending the outcome of that police investigation.

– UKIP spokesman

Mr Wood claims his Facebook account was "hijacked".

Report: UKIP 'Nazi-salute' candidate suspended

A UKIP candidate who appeared to be making a Nazi-salute in pictures posted on Facebook has been suspended by the party, the BBC reports.

Alex Wood, 22, who was a candidate for Blackmore Vale ahead of this Thursday's local elections, said his account had been "hijacked" and that the comments under the photo were not written by him.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage earlier said the pictures, which appeared on the front page of a national newspaper, did "not look very pretty."

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Farage: Nazi salute candidate 'does not look very pretty'

UKIP leader Nigel Farage. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

UKIP leader Nigel Farage admitted that a candidate pictured on the front page of a newspaper making the Nazi salute did "not look very pretty" ahead of Thursday's local elections.

Mr Farage, who said there had been "one or two teething problems" with the party's candidates, blamed UKIP's rapid growth for meaning some inappropriate people had slipped through the net.

He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "We have had, out of our 1,700 candidates, a handful who have embarrassed us, mostly because they simply haven't told us the truth.

"We are the only party in British politics who actually forbid former members of the BNP or extreme organisations from even becoming members of Ukip, let alone candidates and, in one or two cases, people haven't told us the truth.

"A huge amount of time and money has been spent on researching every single UKIP candidate standing in these elections. I would speculate if the same amount of scrutiny was put on the Labour and Conservative Party, they would find their own embarrassment."

Anger at Nigel Farage 'coloured people' remark

UKIP leader Nigel Farage. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

UKIP leader Nigel Farage caused controversy this morning after using the term "coloured people" during a radio interview.

Mr Farage told BBC's Radio 4 Today programme: "The Tory party sacked somebody last week, who was a serving councillor, for talking about coloured people coming into Sussex."

The UKIP leader was referring to comments from John Cherry who resigned as a Conservative councillor after he claimed that Pakistani children would fail to "rise to the top" and that some nationalities failed to understand hard work.

Mr Cherry added that children from a "coloured area" would not be welcomed at a proposed new boarding school in West Sussex.

Twitter users condemned Mr Farage's language with one saying "what a stupid thing to say" and another writing that the UKIP leader was "perfect, for 1980."

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