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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