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.
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