By Staff Reporter
Star of Ukip advert suspended for:
- calling Miliband ‘not British’,
- attacking ‘evil’ Islam and
- saying Africans should ‘kill themselves’
- and YET he is from ZIMBABWE and is an immigrant who his party is against.
- Probably Mr Lampitt fled Zimbabwe during the land redistribution era
- Based on his “racist” connotations, was he one of those few white Zimbabweans who held on to 85% of land at expense of black majority?
- Was Mugabe wrong to authorize redistribution of land from people like Mr Lambitt?
Andre Lampitt posed in a builder’s hat in party political broadcast
- But Ukip seemed unaware of series of shocking comments on Twitter
- The Zimbabwean also branded the Prophet Mohammed a paedophile
- Ukip says it has suspended his membership pending investigation
Ukip has suspended the star of its first European election TV broadcast after it emerged that he condemned Ed Miliband as ‘not a real Brit’, suggested Africans should ‘kill themselves off’ and said Islam was an evil religion with a paedophile prophet.
Andre Lampitt also said he loathed the charity Oxfam and welcomed Aids outbreaks in Africa, saying: ‘Inner peace will come when Aids does what it should and reduce African density.’
Like party leader Nigel Farage, he said he admired Russian leader Vladimir Putin, adding: ‘At least Putin loves his country. David Cameron does not love Britain, he loves the EU.’
Zimbabwean decorator Andre Lampitt appeared in the Ukip party political broadcast to complain about the impact of immigration in Britain
Ukip said it was ‘shocked’ by his views, which will embarrass the party as it prepares for local elections next month – with Mr Lampitt standing as a councillor in Merton, South London.
The builder, who describes himself as ‘born in British Rhodesia’, was one of five supporters hand-picked to appear in a prime-time television campaign starting this week.
He was featured in the broadcast criticizing immigration from the EU, saying: ‘Since the lads from Eastern Europe are prepared to work for a lot less than anybody else, I’ve found it a real struggle.’
Yesterday, the party said it was suspending him after discovering he had expressed ‘repellent’ views in a series of potentially unlawful messages on Twitter over recent months.
In one tweet he claimed that Islam was not a religion and called it an ‘evil organisation respecting a prophet who as a pedo.’[sic]
He added: ‘All Muslims need to leave Europe… or denounce their pathetic satanic religion.’
His appearance had been part of a major drive by the party to present a more professional image
Another message insisted:
‘Most Nigerians are generally bad people… I grew up in Africa and dare anyone to prove me wrong.’
He suggested Africans should be
‘left to ‘kill themselves off’ and suggested people should ‘get over’ slavery, which he said was an ‘act of war’. To him Africans are only black not whites like him.
‘His racist views might even make the BNP wince with embarrassment’
Tim Farron, Lib Dem president
Condemning the Labour leader, he said: ‘Miliband is not a real Brit. I hope he never gets to be PM! He was only born here.’
In another message, he said Mr Miliband, whose father Ralph was born in Belgium to Polish parents, was ‘Polish, not British’.
He also suggested examination of statistics on rape would reveal a racial bias among attackers, and in another message declared: ‘Enoch Powell was right’.
A Ukip spokesman said: ‘We are deeply shocked that Mr Lampitt has expressed such repellent views
However, it was not clear whether Mr Lampitt can be removed from the party’s list of council candidates in Merton, because nominations closed yesterday.
The timing of the row is unfortunate for Mr Farage, who has this week rejected claims from some Labour MPs that his party’s latest election billboards on immigration are racist.
Ukip had suggested its candidates would be put through more rigorous checks following a series of controversies over the views of some on race, gay marriage and other issues.
It faces questions about how it failed to check messages posted over several months and available for all to see on Mr Lampitt’s Twitter page.
Last night his account appeared to have been deleted and he could not be reached.
Lib Dem president Tim Farron said: ‘I cannot believe Ukip did not check the comments of this man before they used him in their broadcast.
The row is a blow for Ukip leader Nigel Farage, who spent the day campaigning in Knutsford in Cheshire
‘His racist views might even make the BNP wince with embarrassment. A week after the French National Front opened their arms to Ukip, with comments like these it’s easy to see why they did.
‘Ukip might wrap themselves in the flag, but these comments are deeply offensive to anyone with decent British values.’
‘We are deeply shocked that Mr Lampitt has expressed such repellent views’
Mr Farage promised to eliminate ‘Walter Mittys’ from his candidate list after Ukip defence spokesman Godfrey Bloom – one of his closest allies – quit following outbursts in which he described foreign nations as ‘Bongo Bongo Land’ and women as ‘sluts’.
The Ukip leader said he would ensure only ‘reliable, steady, solid people’ could run for election.
Labour’s Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper described Mr Lampitt’s tweets as nasty and divisive.
She said on Twitter: ‘Appalling tweets from Ukip member chosen to front campaign. Ukip should reflect very carefully on the way they encourage nasty divisive views