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Sir Lenny Henry: My mum would've been proud

Sir Lenny Henry has told ITV News that his late mother would have been proud of his success as he prepares to accept a special Bafta award.

The 57-year-old will be presented with the Alan Clarke award at Sunday's ceremony in honour of his contribution to entertainment.

Sir Lenny, whose mother died in 1998, said: "My mum would've been really chuffed.

"I'm really looking forward to making the speech and talking about how long it's taken to get here - it's been about 42 years.

"I'm very, very proud to be here."

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.


Former Miliband adviser: Labour 'too middle class'

Labour voters are defecting to Ukip because the party has become "very middle class", a former adviser to Ed Miliband has said.

Lord Glasman, who was made a peer by Mr Miliband, said Ukip's success would hit Labour "in the heartlands".

A former adviser to Ed Miliband said Labour was now 'very middle class' and was losing working class support. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

He told The Times that the last election saw a sharp decline in Labour's traditional working class base.

"The Labour middle class vote held up (in 2010). It was the working class vote that died. These are often people who are earning, who have jobs, but they don't see Labour as representing their interests."

Ukip candidate to be investigated over 'racist' tweet

Bad publicity surrounding the UK Independent Party is having no affect, the party's deputy chairman told ITV News. Neil Hamilton said that it showed the "difference between ordinary, normal people in the country, and those in the 'Westminster bubble'".

Mr Hamilton added that claims surrounding Ukip candidate William Henwood would be investigated, and that if he made "false statements" over the reported racist remarks, he would be "turfed out".

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."

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.

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