UKIP has been kicked out its offices in Croydon, after a group of HIV activists dumped a pile of horse manure outside on World AIDS Day.
ACT UP London staged a protest outside UKIP’s Croydon North and Lambeth office last week, in reaction to “bullshit” offensive statements by UKIP on HIV.
UKIP leader Nigel Farage said in October, when asked whether which kinds of people should be allowed to enter the UK: “People who do not have HIV, to be frank. That’s a good start.”
The party’s local chairman Winston McKenzie told Steven Downes of Inside Croydon that the protest “was the last straw” for their office owners – and UKIP will have to find a new home.
An email to party members said: “I have recently been informed by our Deputy Chairman, Barry Slayford, that after careful consideration and advice from the Police, who he informs me have been very specific, Barry Slayford is no longer willing to allow his premises to be used to accommodate UKIP Branch meetings.
“In view of the continued arguments, accusations, disregard for Party Rules and complete disruption by certain members of the Branch, he insists that he has no alternative but to adhere to the advice of Croydon Police.
“He assures me that he will email all concerned imminently. Any Meetings that were scheduled for December are now cancelled with immediate effect.
“The matter has been referred to the R.O., Paul Oakley. On Monday morning I will notify the Party Chairman accordingly.”
Mr McKenzie initially refused to discuss the matter with Inside Croydon, saying: “When you wrote about me last time, you made me look like an idiot.”
However, he eventually confirmed: “I’m in the process now of looking for new offices. [The protest] was the last straw.
“It’s not just police advice… there’s been some disruption within the local party, with a couple of people who continue to disrupt the meetings.”
Dan Glass, a spokesperson for ACT UP, told PinkNews: “ACT UP can’t say we’re overcome with sympathy, having heard UKIP are being kicked out from their London office.
“They’ve expended a great deal of energy sowing division between neighbours and hostility against minorities. This just reinforces our original message: what goes around comes around.
“We’re confident the vast majority of Londoners would be happy to send the message that UKIP are not welcome here. ACT UP will continue to expose UKIP for the bigots they are.”
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