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Farage in Somerset as Environment Agency says 1,000 homes at risk

The Environment Agency says around 1,000 homes on the edge of Bridgwater are now at risk as the flooding crisis in Somerset deepens. Around 150 homes in nearby villages are currently affected.

Today the leader of UKIP called for a public inquiry into the flooding and said the Government should compensate victims.


Farage: Alex Wood sacked 'quite wrongly'

I am in absolutely no doubt at all that that photograph of Alex Wood was nothing to do with a Nazi gesture. He was literally reaching across the pub to pull the camera away from a girlfriend who was photographing him and I have witness statements that support that. I am very angry that a 21-year-old was sacked from his job quite wrongly because of what was said in a national newspaper.

– UKIP leader Nigel Farage

Farage: candidate is reaching for mobile in photo

A UKIP local election candidate for Somerset pictured making a supposed Nazi-style salute was in fact trying to grab a camera from his girlfriend, party leader Nigel Farage has said.

Mr Farage said he believed the explanation given by Alex Wood for the photo which appeared on the front of the Daily Mirror.

But Mr Wood, 21, remains suspended while police investigate his claims offensive comments added to the picture were made by other people after his account was "hijacked", a Ukip spokesman said.

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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."


Suspended UKIP candidate denies being a racist

Suspended UKIP candidate Alex Wood denies being a racist after pictures emerged of him allegedly making a nazi salute.

Mr Wood was the UKIP candidate for Blackmore Vale in Somerset for the local elections taking place later this week.

I deplore racism, fascism and nazism. I see myself as a democratic libertarian.

– Alex Wood, suspended UKIP candidate
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