· UKIP Candidate in Stockton North received vile letter from current Labour MP
· Accuses the Jewish mother of two of supporting anti-semitism, racism and violent misogyny
The UKIP Parliamentary Candidate for Stockton North, Mandy Boylett, has received a threatening letter from current Labour MP for Stockton North, Alex Cunningham, in which he insinuates he plans to smear her campaign with accusations of supporting anti-semitic and extreme views.
Mrs Boylett, a Jewish mother of two whose own father was a German refugee fleeing the Holocaust during World War II, says she is shocked and deeply disturbed by the actions of the MP, whose vile letter she received earlier this week.
In the letter, Alex Cunningham states that UKIP has joined forces with the Polish Congress of the New Right Party in the European Union, a matter that is totally untrue and has been very publically condemned by UKIP following an attempted smear by political opponents. The Party’s leader Janusz Korwin-Mikke, to whom Alex Cunningham attributes a selection of extreme views, is an MEP but not a member of the group in which UKIP sits, the EFDD – which demonstrates that the accusation is totally perverse.
The MP goes on to tell the candidate that in standing for UKIP she ‘will publicly defend Mr Janusz Korwin-Mikke’s comments with regard to “n*****s”, Hitler and rape’
“I felt so intimidated and so personally offended by his letter. I simply cannot believe a current MP would resort to this level of behaviour against another electoral candidate. The fact that the Labour Party are using a borderline blackmail smear attempt to threaten another candidate shows just what depths these people are willing to stoop to.
“I am Jewish woman, a mother and a staunch believer in democracy. We know that the very nature of the European Parliament means that there are many unsavoury characters within the four walls. The Labour Party know this very well after organising a summer camp for junior members with the Party of European Socialists where gay delegates were threatened with violence. It’s a very good reason why we need to get Britain out of that institution.
“But for an MP to get his facts so grossly wrong, or worse still, deliberately twist reality to attack a candidate from another party like this, frankly you have to question whether he is fit for office.
“I am really, really hurt but it has resolved me to work even harder to get this sort of self-serving, cruel-natured character out of British politics. This is no way for a politician to behave.”