UKIP has said it will be forced to eject the party’s newly elected Lincolnshire group leader if allegations he has made ‘racist rants’ on Facebook prove true.
Coun Chris Pain, who took the seat for Burgh and Wainfleet at the local elections on May 4, was reported in the Sunday Mirror to have written: “Have you noticed that if you rearrange the letters in ‘illegal immigrants’, and add just a few more letters, it spells, ‘Go home you free-loading, benefit-grabbing, resource-sucking, baby-making, non-English-speaking ********* and take those other hairy-faced, sandal-wearing, bomb-making, camel-riding, goat-********, raghead ******** with you.’”
Coun Pain, who is also the party’s East Midlands chairman, has denied the allegations, claiming his account was hacked when the posts were made last November.
However further racially motivated comments directed at immigrants were also said to have been posted from his account back in August.
The Huffington Post reported a second Facebook ‘scandal’ involving the councillor, in which he is alleged to have written a mock transcript of a game show called ‘Asylum’ accusing immigrants of having terrorist inclinations and being benefits claimants.
“Good Day and welcome to a brand new edition of ‘ASYLUM’,’ he is alleged to have written.
“Today’s program features another chance to take part in our exciting competition: HIJACK AN AIRLINER and win A COUNCIL HOUSE!”
UKIP is investigating the allegations, which have been taken ‘very seriously’.
Party spokesman Gawain Towler said: “They are serious allegations and if proven true there is no way Chris Pain could remain a councillor with UKIP.
“However we don’t hang a man until he’s proven guilty and at the moment Chris is saying that his account was hacked.”
Mr Towler added that there was reason to doubt other aspects of the Sunday Mirror story which claimed another party member had said the American President Barack Obama was a ‘closet Iman’.
The paper had allegedly been told that Peter Entwistle, party chairman in Bury, Greater Manchester, had stood down from the party to be a full time carer, but printed it anyway.
Anti Fascist action group Hope Not Hate were quick to call for Coun Pain’s ejection from the party, claiming his comments were the ‘worst’ exposed in the Sunday Mirror’s investigation.
“This is the most disgusting racist outburst from any election official I have ever heard,” wrote the campaign’s Nick Lowles.
“In fact, nothing a BNP councillor has said in recent years has come close to it.”
Coun Pain had already been drawn into controversy over his party’s refusal to adopt a Labour councillor’s ‘anti-racism’ declaration at Friday’s Lincolnshire County Council meeting.
At the time he labelled multiculturalism ‘one of the fundamental things that’s wrong with our society’.
The Standard could not make contact with Coun Pain.