Potential UKIP leadership candidate branded 'too extreme'

Potential UKIP leadership candidate dubbed 'too extreme'

Anne Marie Waters will face vetting for the leadership election

Thursday, August 3, 2017

A UKIP leadership race frontrunner is potentially "too extreme" to be able to stand, according to leading member in Wales.

Anne Marie Waters will face vetting for the party leadership election along with several other candidates including London Assembly member David Kurten and Ben Walker, a former UKIP councillor.

Previously Waters called Islam evil, a major bone of contention for those in the party who have said UKIP should not become anti-Islam and this should not be the image of the party.

But Waters claims many in UKIP are trying to "ostracise" her. It is thought that if she wins several UKIP MEPs may resign, according to the BBC.

Party AM David Rowlands, who is to hold a leadership hustings event, told the BBC: "Her views are too extreme. It's not the image I would want my party to have.

"I don't want us to be politically correct, but I also don't think that we are there to be provocative or to offend people in what we say or in what we do."

He also said that he doesn't believe Waters will make it through the vetting process, so he is still comfortable with chairing the hustings.

Whilst Waters has agreed that Rowlands is entitled to have an opinion, she has said: "It is only because we have been lying for so long that the truth sounds extreme, and the fact that so many of us are terrified of telling the truth, proves me right about the censorship that we now observe in the UK surrounding this issue."