UKIP’s Chris Pain insists he will stand as MEP

The UKIP councillor embroiled in racism allegations has countered claims his party had barred him from standing as an MEP.

Lincolnshire County Council’s ward-holder for Burgh and Wainfleet, Coun Chris Pain, was previously believed to have been categorised as ‘not a member of good standing’ - barring him from representing the party in next year’s European election

However, Coun Pain insists the sanctions imposed on him by UKIP are merely a formality while he clears his name and says he has submitted an application to stand as an MEP.

“It’s a mystery where this came from,” Coun Pain said.

The party said last week that it was suspending judgement about Coun Pain’s future with the party pending the results of a police investigation. It has refused to comment on his ability to stand as an MEP or other sanctions supposedly brought against him.

Coun Pain was alleged to have made racist Facebook posts referring to immigrants as ‘bomb-making, camel-riding, goat-******* ragheads’ among other offensive terms.

He has vehemently denied the allegations, claiming his account was hacked in a malicious attack on him and his party.

However, Coun Pain has stood down from his role as the party’s East Midlands chairman pending the outcome of an investigation into the claims. Coun Pain says he has not yet been contacted by the police in respect to the allegations.

He fears the latest rumours were part of another attack against him.