Nigel Farage helps to destroy the BNPThese are three of the main characters who helped to destroy the BNP. The main character not in this picture was Nicholas John Griffin. His main man Tony 'bomber' Lecomber is in the picture on the left and in the white shirt. Nigel Farage is in the centre, slightly hidden by Dr.Mark Deavin. Deavin 'pinpointed' the removal of the then BNP leader John Tyndall for the destruction of the BNP.
I've done more to STOP racism in Britain than anyone, says Farage as he boasts of creating a 'more harmonious society'
- Ukip leader rejects claims that party is racist and wants 'integrated society'
- Says party has become more professional to root out 'handful of idiots'
- Farage declares: ‘Nobody has done more to destroy the Far Right than me'
Nigel Farage has declared that instead of being called racist, he should be lauded for doing more to stop racism than anyone else in Britain.
The Ukip leader said his party had weakened the influence of the BNP and is now offering policies to create a ‘more harmonious and integrated society’.
He claimed Ukip has become a more professional party that has become better at rooting out ‘the handful of idiots’ that had caused them embarrassment.
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Nigel Farage, pictured in Sandwich, Kent today, has declared that instead of being called racist, he should be lauded for doing more to stop racism than anyone else in Britain
Mr Farage said he believed it was possible for Ukip to completely get away from the tag of racism that has dogged the party.
He said: ‘Nobody has done more to destroy the Far Right in Britain than me. We took a deliberate strategy in 2011 at the Oldham by-election to appeal directly in wards where the BNP had councillors.
‘We said if you’re voting BNP out of deep frustration with what is happening to your community but you do not agree with the party’s openly and clearly racist constitution, come and vote for us.
‘And I think we took a third of their vote almost overnight and suddenly they weren’t winning council seats, they were losing council seats.
‘There’s a hardcore vote of half a million far right voters in Britain, it was there in 1974, it’s still there today. It got as high as nearly a million under Griffin at the European elections.
‘What we did was to take that two or three hundred thousand off the top, leaving them back to their core and then they split into disarray amongst themselves.
‘I would say we took a third of their vote, because a third of their vote were not racist but were just frustrated and didn’t know where to go or what to do. And they wanted to just stick two fingers up.
‘I mean genuinely, Peter Hain did not stop the BNP, but I think I did.’
The Ukip leader said his party had weakened the influence of the BNP and is now offering policies to create a ‘more harmonious and integrated society’
Asked if he believed that he done more to stop racism that anyone else in Britain, Mr Farage added: ‘I hope so. I genuinely hope so.’
Mr Farage said he thought that Ukip would be able to get away from the accusations that have followed the party.
He said: ‘The Reform Party in Canada were dogged for 15 years with this far right wing conspiracy element and Stephen Harper is now the Prime Minister of Canada.
‘And people look back at the Reform Party and how it has done a phenomenal job modernising and changing Canada, so you can get rid of these tags.’
He added: ‘There are over 5,000 people standing for Ukip at this election on May 7. How many of those this year have caused us embarrassment? Hardly any. But the other parties have got bigger embarrassments than we have.
‘I think that shows you that we have become more professional and better at getting rid of these people, because there was this handful of idiots last year who made my life a misery, a complete misery.’