A councillor for Britain’s UK Independence Party (UKIP) has been filmed saying she had a problem with “negroes” and would not sit next to one at a dinner party – a new embarrassment for the populist party before a national election in May.
Rozanne Duncan was expelled from UKIP after it learned of the remarks, made in a BBC documentary which was aired on Sunday (22 February).
But the incident will reinforce the perception that UKIP, which is against the EU, and wants curbs on immigration, is racist and bigoted.
Duncan was a UKIP councillor in Thanet, southeast England, where party leader Nigel Farage hopes to win a seat in parliament in the election on 7 May.
“The only people I do have problems with are negroes and I don’t know why,” Duncan said in footage filmed late last year.
“I don’t know whether there is something in my psyche or whether it is karma from a previous life…but I really do have a problem with people with negroid features.”
Duncan goes on to say she would decline an invite to a dinner party if she was to sit next to a black person.
Farage condemned Duncan’s comments and said she has been expelled by the party.
“What was said was wholly inappropriate, at odds with what UKIP stands for and we just don’t tolerate that kind of thing,” Farage told the BBC.
Prime Minister David Cameron once sought to dismiss the party as full of “fruitcakes, loonies and closet racists”, but its rise in popularity now threatens his Conservative Party’s chances of being re-elected.