UKIP leader Paul Nuttall stands by spokesman John Bickley after 'if you want a jihadi neighbour' tweet

UKIP leader Paul Nuttall supports spokesman John Bickley after tweeting racist slogan

Paul Nuttall has stood by John Bickley over his tweet

Monday, February 13, 2017

UKIP leader Paul Nuttall has supported his immigration spokesperson after he retweeted a controversial slogan said to be racist.

John Bickley retweeted a cartoon which contained the slogan: "If you want a jihadi for a neighbour - vote Labour."

It dates back to 1964 when the election campaign of Conservative Peter Griffiths featured the slogan: "If you want a n***** for a neighbour, vote Labour."

Nuttall said that Bickley, who is also UKIP's treasurer, did not know about the background of the slogan and has now apologised. Bickley has also deleted the tweet in question.

The UKIP leader said: "He's got my support, absolutely, he's apologised for it. It wasn't clever and John's apologised and he's taken it down.

"He's not a politics anorak, John, and I don't think he understood the history of that slogan which goes back to the 1960s.

"That was pointed out to him and as soon as it was, he was mortified by it and he took it down and he's apologised."