Robert Blay, a UKIP candidate, has been suspended following his death threat against Ranil Jayawardena, his Conservative rival of Sri Lankan origin.
“If this lad turns up to be our Prime Minister, I will personally put a bullet in him.”
A UK Independence Party candidate (UKIP) has been suspended after threatening to kill his Sri Lankan rival, representing the Conservatives in North East Hampshire.
Blay’s violent remarks against Ranil Jayawardena were captured on video in a public event in Kent by undercover reporters from The Daily Mirror.
The former Conservative member was furious that Jayawardena could become the first British Asian Prime Minister.
Blay said: “If this lad turns up to be our Prime Minister I will personally put a bullet in him. That’s how strong I feel about it.
He then turned on Jayawardena’s family and ancestry.
He said: “[Jayawardena’s] family have only been here since the 70s’. 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.”
Blay continued: “I’m told that name is a Tamil name. Well, the Tamils were Indians [who] went to Sri Lanka to take it over and they got their asses kicked.
“So [his father] comes here, ponces off us and then his son’s in our political system.”
He even accused Jayawardena of timing the birth of his child just before the General Election in order to win votes.
In defence of his family and beliefs, Jayawardena said: “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.”
A UKIP spokesperson confirmed Blay’s suspension: “Any comments of this sort have absolutely no place in British politics or public life, and the party would like to take this opportunity to apologise to Mr Jayawardena for any distress caused.”
Blay has not personally responded since the video has been released.
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