UKIP show true colours after joining with racist extreme-right member to preserve their funding

Speaking from the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Theresa Griffin, Labour MEP for the North West of England, has condemned UKIP for joining with extreme right-wing MEP Robert Iwaszkiewicz from the controversial Polish Congress of the New Right (KNP).

The European Freedom and Direct Democracy group (EFDD), of which UKIP is a leading member and makes up half of the group, submitted the paperwork to the European Parliament on Monday to submit Iwaszkiewicz. The deal was accepted by the Parliament today and will see UKIP benefit to the tune of £1 million a year in EU funding.

“That UKIP would join forces with a racist and misogynist like Mr Iwaszkiewicz is really showing their true colours”, Ms Griffin said.

Mr Iwaszkiewicz was roundly denounced by fellow MEPs and suspended from Parliament in July after he gave a speech to the European Parliament using racist terminology. During the same speech he also lambasted unions and called for an end to the minimum wage.

Marine Le Pen, the leader of the French far right political group Front National, ruled out working with the KNP after the European elections, saying of the leader that ‘his political views ran contrary to our values.’

In addition, Mr Iwaszkiewicz has denied the Holocaust and stated that women should not have the right to vote. Iwaszkiewicz also attacked the Paralympics, saying that people needed to watch “healthy, beautiful, strong and intelligent people” on TV rather than disabled people.

Theresa Griffin stated, “I simply do not see how UKIP can defend working with this man simply for financial reasons. By bringing him into their political family UKIP risks legitimising his extreme and discriminatory views. Having defeated the BNP in the European elections in the North West in May I have grave concerns about UKIP now aligning themselves with a Holocaust denier.

“For all the façade of the jovial bloke with a pint, this development highlights the real UKIP and the cynicism of Nigel Farage.”