Thu, 08 Dec 2022 Today's Paper

UK Parliamentary candidate suspended for threatening Lankan

6 May 2015 04:43 am - 9     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

A A A

A Ukip (UK Independence Party) parliamentary candidate has been suspended from the party after he was filmed threatening to shoot his Conservative rival Ranil Jayawardena.

Robert Blay, who is standing in North East Hampshire, told undercover reporters from the UK's Daily Mirror that he would "put a bullet between the eyes" of the Conservatives' Ranil Jayawardena.
 
Ranil Jayawardena
The video shows Mr Blay saying that Mr Jayawardena "could become our first Asian MP", adding: "If he is I will personally put a bullet between his eyes".

The 55-year-old went on: "If this lad turns up to be our Prime Minister I will personally put a bullet in him. That’s how strong I feel about it.
“I won’t have this f***** as our Prime Minister. I absolutely loathe him.”

The remarks are said to have been made outside a meeting where Nigel Farage was giving a speech to voters in the seaside town of Ramsgate, Kent.

A Ukip spokesman said: “Mr Blay has been suspended with immediate effect".

A former bank accountant, Mr Blay is standing in North East Hampshire, which saw a Conservative majority of 18,500 at the last election.
Questioning Mr Jayawardena's background, he said: "His family have only been here since the 70s. You are not British enough to be in our parliament.

"I've got 400 years of ancestry where I live. He hasn't got that."
 
Ukip leader Nigel Farage in Ramsgate
And he told the investigators of the safe seat: "But I've always said in my constituency you could put a monkey out there with a blue rosette on and it would win."

He accused his rival's father of having come to Britain from Sri Lanka and "ponced off us ... like all the East Europeans are".
"His name's Jayawardena and I'm told that name is a Tamil name.

"Well the Tamils were Indians which went to Sri Lanka to take it over and they got their asses kicked. So he comes here, ponces off us and then his son's in our political system."

A Ukip spokesman said Mr Blay had been suspended as soon as the remarks came to light and offered an apology to Mr Jayawardena.
The spokesman pointed to the candidate's "long career" as a Conservative as evidence such views were not confined to its ranks.
"The views expressed by Mr Blay are abhorrent," the spokesman said.

"As soon as they were brought to our attention he was suspended from the party. Any comments of this sort have absolutely no place in British politics or public life, and the party would like to take this opportunity to apologise to Mr Jayawardena for any distressed caused.

"Mr Blay has been immediately suspended from the party. Ukip acts immediately in circumstances such as these.

"Unfortunately, as every party has found over the past few months, internal vetting systems are not perfect, which is reflected in the fact that since January of this year, 300 Labour, Liberal Democrat, and Conservative Party candidates across the country have found themselves suspended, expelled, or even jailed for foul behaviour of all kinds.

"We are also deeply concerned that Mr Blay had a long career in the Conservative Party, including being his local association chairman - which goes to prove that issues with candidates such as these are not limited to Ukip."

Mr Jayawardena said: "I was shocked to hear about these comments and that someone who holds these types of views could have been selected as a Ukip candidate.

"My family believes in hard work. My father came to this country to do just that - never claiming a penny from the state. He's contributed to society as a magistrate and I've done the same as a local councillor.

"I hope to contribute positively to our country by representing my community - the community in which I grew up - in parliament. The only way to stop people like this is to vote Conservative on May 7."

In a separate incident on Tuesday, Ukip candidate John Leathley said he was "appalled and deeply ashamed" of comments he made online about the newspaper columnist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown.

His Facebook postings, which apparently followed an appearance last year by Ms Alibhai-Brown on BBC's Question Time, included statements that the commentator "needs a good shag" and she "would love a big black thing up her a***".

Mr Leathey, who is standing for Nigel Farage's party in Tony Blair's old constituency of Sedgefield, County Durham, apologised "unreservedly" in a statement.

He said: "I read what I wrote now, I am shocked by them and am appalled and deeply ashamed of my words. The comments were made during a private conversation in the evening and clearly were never meant to be publicly released, and they should never have been said.

"I am very sorry and regret deeply being so coarse, it is out of character but no more excusable for that."
The journalist responded by saying that Mr Leathey's comments were "appalling".(The Telegraph)

Order Gifts to Sri Lanka. See Kapruka's top selling online shopping categories such as Toys, Vegetables, Grocery, Flowers, Birthday Cakes, Fruits, Chocolates, Clothing and Electronics. Also see Kapruka's unique online services such as Sending Money,Online Books, Delivery Service, Food Delivery and over 700 top brands. Also get products from Amazon & Ebay via Kapruka Gloabal Shop Sri Lanka

  Comments - 9

Order Gifts to Sri Lanka. See Kapruka's top selling online shopping categories such as Toys, Vegetables, Grocery, Flowers, Birthday Cakes, Fruits, Chocolates, Clothing and Electronics. Also see Kapruka's unique online services such as Sending Money,Online Books, Delivery Service, Food Delivery and over 700 top brands. Also get products from Amazon & Ebay via Kapruka Gloabal Shop Sri Lanka
  • ANTON Wednesday, 06 May 2015 11:00 AM

    SO ....WHAT...... WE ALSO DO THE SAME THING IF OUR MINISTERS THREATEN THEIR OPPONENTS.

    Mason Wednesday, 06 May 2015 11:11 AM

    An example the political parties in Sri Lanka should follow if they really mean good administration.Do remember that BBS wants to register a Political Party.

    tarzan Wednesday, 06 May 2015 11:13 AM

    sudda will be sudda always

    PeaceLover Wednesday, 06 May 2015 11:14 AM

    He is suspended from the party immediately. Does this ever happen in SL?

    Sincere Wednesday, 06 May 2015 11:22 AM

    More Sri Lankan candidates this time. So they are now following our examples. Jolly good!

    lkboy Wednesday, 06 May 2015 11:23 AM

    So called gentlemen from the so called gentlemens country.

    Aquarius Wednesday, 06 May 2015 11:38 AM

    Yes, our former Ministers ridiculed foreign and international dignitaries, but nothing happened, life went on. We should be ashamed that such people represented us.

    jolly bird Wednesday, 06 May 2015 03:25 PM

    THEY ARE FOLLOWING MAHINDA CHINTHANA via DM Android App

    abeyro Wednesday, 06 May 2015 04:09 PM

    "thousand apologys"


Add comment

Comments will be edited (grammar, spelling and slang) and authorized at the discretion of Daily Mirror online. The website also has the right not to publish selected comments.

Reply To:

Name - Reply Comment




Order Gifts to Sri Lanka. See Kapruka's top selling online shopping categories such as Toys, Vegetables, Grocery, Flowers, Birthday Cakes, Fruits, Chocolates, Clothing and Electronics. Also see Kapruka's unique online services such as Sending Money,Online Books, Delivery Service, Food Delivery and over 700 top brands. Also get products from Amazon & Ebay via Kapruka Gloabal Shop Sri Lanka

Economy Decoded! Let’s talk about tax!

We explain the proposed new tax reforms in Sri Lanka and what it means

She said/He said

Much has been written and said in the last few days since the news was releas

POLICE ON TRIAL: Exercising Authority without Accountability

Although armed with the power of the State and empowered to use force against

Downfall and death of LTTE’s Mahathaya

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) ceased to exist as a functioning