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Ukip branch condemned for 'abhorrent' Nazi swastika posted on its Facebook page; The image has been used on the official Ukip Newport branch Facebook page which has been described as 'abhorrent' by a Labour MP.

Byline: Martin Shipton

A Ukip branch in Wales has been condemned for "abhorrent" conduct for putting a Nazi swastika on a social media graphic.

The swastika, which seems to equate the European Union with the German Nazi regime of the 1930s and 1940s that murdered millions, appears on what is described as the official Ukip Newport branch Facebook page "giving you all the updates on our candidates standing for Newport East and Newport West".

The graphic shows a parody of wartime invasion plans, with Labour, Tories and Lib Dems shown as representatives of a Nazi EU based on the continent of Europe poised to invade a Britain defended by Ukip.

Invoking the theme tune of the BBC series Dad's Army, the graphic is headed: "Who do you think you are kidding, Mr Cameron, if you think old England's done?"

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Jess Morden, the Labour MP for Newport East, said: "For Ukip to use a Nazi symbol on a graphic is simply abhorrent. Just a fortnight ago, the local Ukip candidate was removed following publication in the media of his support for the far right British National Party (BNP) and English Defence League (EDL). It is clear that a dangerous extremist bloc within Ukip are becoming more prominent. Ukip need to take action."

Two weeks ago Ukip's parliamentary candidate for Newport East resigned after internet comments where he praised a statement referring to gay people as "fascist perverts" and "paedophiles" .

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Donald Grewar, who was due to stand for the party in Newport East at the general election, was being probed by Ukip after it emerged that he had posted social media comments supportive of the far-right BNP and the EDL.

In an email, Mr Grewar told Ukip Chairman Steve Crowther: "I recognise fully that those comments, and the implications of those comments puts me in breach of the party rules. I had forgotten that I had posted them, but I had. As such I am tendering my resignation as Prospective Parliamentary Candidate forthwith. I am truly sorry that my foolishness has caused you, the party and me embarrassment."

In response, Mr Crowther said: "I am sorry to lose you as a candidate, but appreciate that in these unfortunate circumstances you have done the right thing."

A Ukip spokesman said: "The posting on the Newport East Facebook page may be in bad taste. Illustrating anything by use of a swastika is so. However the confected outrage of the local Labour party is even more over the top. It must have passed their notice that the branch sees itself as fighting totalitarianism, not supporting it."

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Publication:Wales Online (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Feb 20, 2015
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