English Defence League backs Ukip in local elections

The UK Independence Party (Ukip) faced embarrassment last night after it received the unwanted endorsement of the far-Right English Defence League for next month’s local council elections. Currently third in UK polls and is fielding up to 2,000 candidates in the contests, rapidly distanced itself from the “abhorrent and stupid” anti-Islamic organisation. Under Mr Farage’s leadership, Ukip has striven hard to lose its reputation for extremism following accusations that it is the “BNP in suits”. David Cameron once described it as a “bunch of fruitcakes and loonies and closet racists, mostly”. The article also reports that a senior Labour source said: “Ukip should be ashamed that their rhetoric and policies have such appeal to those on the far-Right who want to stir up hatred.”