Wycherley facebook comment

Spotted on The Guardian:

A fresh Ukip candidate was embroiled in a row over racism on Tuesday when it was discovered he had taken to Facebook to argue that Team GB Olympic star, Mo Farah, isn’t British because he is an “African”.

The revelation came as a Ukip candidate who had urged Lenny Henry to “go back to a black country” left the party and two other members were suspended in a bid to clean up the party’s image. Nigel Farage claimed the party may have been infiltrated by people trying to bring it down.

simultaneously it emerged that David Wycherley, standing for Ukip candidate for the Rushall-Shelfield ward in Walsall, had asked his Facebook friends to explain “how Mo Farah, an African … has won a Gold medal for Great Britain”.

Farah, who grew up in Hounslow in London, became a double Olympic champion for Team GB at the 2012 Olympics and was later awarded a CBE by HM the Queen for services to athletics.

In other comments Wycherley joked about “starving Africans” whilst complaining about his water bill.

The party announced on Tuesday that candidate William Henwood had resigned after he urged the comedian Lenny Henry to go back to a “black country”. A Ukip spokesman said Henwood had resigned his membership of Ukip after it was “mutually agreed this would be the best course” acknowledging that his comments had “caused enormous offence”.

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