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 candidate quits after 'racist' Lenny Henry tweet

Ukip council candidate William Henwood has resigned his membership of the party following a controversy over offensive comments about comedian Lenny Henry. Henwood tweeted that Henry should leave Britain to live in a “black country.”