UKIP candidate for North East Hampshire threatens to shoot Tory rival if he becomes prime minister
Just when you thought UKIP couldn’t commit another gaffe, their candidate for North East Hampshire threatens to shoot someone.
Robert Blay, 55, was secretly filmed by a Daily Mirror journalist saying he would “personally put a bullet” in Ranil Jayawardena if he ever became prime minister.
The UKIP candidate – who has since been suspended – was caught on camera ranting about Jayawardena’s ancestry as “not being British enough” for him to be in UK politics. The outburst was provoked by the journalist suggesting Jayawardena could become the first British prime minister.
Blay says: “His (Jayawardena’s) family have only been here since the Seventies. You are not British enough to be in our parliament.
“I’ve got 400 years of ancestry where I live. He hasn’t got that.”
Ranil Jayawardena, the Conservative candidate for North East Hampshire
Blay goes on to admonish Jayawardena’s family for “poncing” off the state and appears to accuse Jayawardena’s father for being involved in the Sri Lankan war.
In defence, Jayawardena told the Daily Mirror:
“I was shocked to hear about these comments and that someone who holds these types of views could have been selected as a UKIP candidate.
“My family believes in hard work. My father came to this country to do just that – never claiming a penny from the state.
“He’s contributed to society as a magistrate and I’ve done the same as a local councillor.
“I hope to contribute positively to our country by representing my community – the community in which I grew up – in parliament.
“The only way to stop people like this is to vote Conservative on May 7.”
You can watch the entire clip on the Daily Mirror website.
UKIP has since apologised for the rant, releasing a statement saying: “Mr Blay has been suspended with immediate effect” and that the former bank accountant’s views are “abhorrent”.