Barnet Alliance for Public Services denies responsibility for distributing leaflets branding UKIP 'racist'

The leaflets branding UKIP 'racist' were distributed at the meeting hosted by the Barnet Alliance for Public Services

The leaflets branding UKIP 'racist' were distributed at the meeting hosted by the Barnet Alliance for Public Services

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The hosts of a public political debate have denied responsibility for distributing anti-UKIP leaflets branding the controversial party “racist” at its meeting.

The Barnet Alliance for Public Services (BAPS), which insists it is non-political, claimed it had no idea who handed out the publicity material at the first of its four public Q&As, organised in the run up to May’s local elections.

Barnet’s UKIP representative Adrian Murray-Leonard had been denied a place on last night’s political panel because BAPS said it disagreed with his party’s “racist” policies.

BAPS later clarified its stance and said Mr Murray-Leonard was welcome to attend the meeting as a member of the public, and that he had been denied a place on the panel because the party was not active enough, not because it disagreed with its politics.

But at the meeting, held in The Larches hall in Rectory Lane, Edgware, leaflets were handed out that read “Don’t be fooled by UKIP” and described the party as one that is “racist, right wing and loves the rich”.

Mr Murray-Leonard disrupted the start of the meeting for several minutes in protest at his ban from the panel, as he had earlier promised to do, and he was heckled by the audience as he angrily labelled the debate “a joke” and “undemocratic”.

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The UKIP member said he was surprised to see the leaflets being distributed and did not regret making a scene.

He said: “I don’t regret it at all. I was there to do what I said I would do – I was never going to back down.

“I was surprised I stayed there for as long as I did. The whole thing was totally biased and undemocratic. I don’t blame the Tories for not turning up – they would have got the same treatment.

“I was surprised to see the leaflets there though. To say we are racist is hilarious and ridiculous.”

BAPS representative Tirza Waisel said today that anyone from any political persuasion was entitled to hand out leaflets at the meeting and denied the publicity material was in any way connected to her organisation.

She said: “They were information leaflets answering the claims and policies of UKIP - I don’t know who distributed them. There were other leaflets being handed out from other political parties as well.”

“I don’t think the outburst disrupted the meeting. There were other UKIP members in the audience who remained quiet. He was ejected because he was disrupting the meeting, not because he represented UKIP.”

The Conservatives declined to send a representative to the six-person panel, which contained two elected councillors from Labour and the Liberal Democrats, a council candidate from the Green Party, a left-wing blogger and BAPS chairman Barbara Jacobson.

The Conservative reportedly said they felt the meeting and audience would be anti-Tory.

Ms Waisel said: “They have shot themselves in the foot. We are not anti-Tory – we are simply dedicated to reversing the One Barnet outsourcing programme.

“It seems they don’t have the courage to face the residents who will elect them and that is a shame. We hope they will send someone to the next three meetings.”

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1:12pm Thu 23 Jan 14

mallowe says...

"The Barnet Alliance for Public Services (BAPS), which insists it is non-political",

Yeah Right! The Barnet Alliance is loaded with lefty luvvies who are bullies and cowards and generally support Liebour..

Mr Murray-Leonard was last night slandered to the criminal standard insofar as one Barnat Alliance supporter accused him of killing his daughter, This is unacceptable and an outrage

furthermore the electorate has been conned by the Lib/Lab/Cons for the last fifty to sixty years which has left this country in the mess its in.

There is now an alternative VOTE UKIPt
"The Barnet Alliance for Public Services (BAPS), which insists it is non-political", Yeah Right! The Barnet Alliance is loaded with lefty luvvies who are bullies and cowards and generally support Liebour.. Mr Murray-Leonard was last night slandered to the criminal standard insofar as one Barnat Alliance supporter accused him of killing his daughter, This is unacceptable and an outrage furthermore the electorate has been conned by the Lib/Lab/Cons for the last fifty to sixty years which has left this country in the mess its in. There is now an alternative VOTE UKIPt mallowe
  • Score: 21

1:54pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Jon10 says...

mallowe wrote:
"The Barnet Alliance for Public Services (BAPS), which insists it is non-political",

Yeah Right! The Barnet Alliance is loaded with lefty luvvies who are bullies and cowards and generally support Liebour..

Mr Murray-Leonard was last night slandered to the criminal standard insofar as one Barnat Alliance supporter accused him of killing his daughter, This is unacceptable and an outrage

furthermore the electorate has been conned by the Lib/Lab/Cons for the last fifty to sixty years which has left this country in the mess its in.

There is now an alternative VOTE UKIPt
Perhaps you could spell out what you mean, regarding "the last fifty to sixty years". A detailed reply please.

It will be particularly interesting to hear how you think Britain would be now, after UKIP governments for all of that time.
[quote][p][bold]mallowe[/bold] wrote: "The Barnet Alliance for Public Services (BAPS), which insists it is non-political", Yeah Right! The Barnet Alliance is loaded with lefty luvvies who are bullies and cowards and generally support Liebour.. Mr Murray-Leonard was last night slandered to the criminal standard insofar as one Barnat Alliance supporter accused him of killing his daughter, This is unacceptable and an outrage furthermore the electorate has been conned by the Lib/Lab/Cons for the last fifty to sixty years which has left this country in the mess its in. There is now an alternative VOTE UKIPt[/p][/quote]Perhaps you could spell out what you mean, regarding "the last fifty to sixty years". A detailed reply please. It will be particularly interesting to hear how you think Britain would be now, after UKIP governments for all of that time. Jon10
  • Score: -9

3:18pm Thu 23 Jan 14

mallowe says...

Jon10!
1. Since we joined the EEC in 1973, we have been in surplus with every continent in the world except Europe. Over those 27 years, we have run a trade deficit with the other member states that averages out at £30 million per day.
2. In 2010 our gross contribution to the EU budget will be £14 billion. To put this figure into context, all the reductions announced by George Osborne at the Tory Party conference would, collectively, save £7 billion a year across the whole of government spending.
3. On the European Commission's own figures, the annual costs of EU regulation outweigh the advantages of the single market by £650 to £200 billion.
4. The Common Agricultural Policy costs every family £1200 a year in higher food costs.
5. Outside the Common Fisheries Policy, Britain could reassert control over its waters out to 200 miles or the median line, which would take in around 65% of North Sea stocks.
6. Successive British governments have refused to say what proportion of domestic laws come from Brussels, but a thorough analysis by the German Federal Justice Ministry showed that 84% of the legislation in that country came from the EU.
7. Outside the EU, Britain would be free to negotiate much more liberal trade agreements with third countries than is possible under the Common External Tariff.
8. The countries with the highest GDP per capita in Europe are Norway and Switzerland. Both export more, proportionately, to the EU, than Britain does.
9. Outside the EU, Britain could be a deregulated, competitive, offshore haven.
10. Oh, and we'd be a democracy again

I Hope this helps ypu!
Jon10! 1. Since we joined the EEC in 1973, we have been in surplus with every continent in the world except Europe. Over those 27 years, we have run a trade deficit with the other member states that averages out at £30 million per day. 2. In 2010 our gross contribution to the EU budget will be £14 billion. To put this figure into context, all the reductions announced by George Osborne at the Tory Party conference would, collectively, save £7 billion a year across the whole of government spending. 3. On the European Commission's own figures, the annual costs of EU regulation outweigh the advantages of the single market by £650 to £200 billion. 4. The Common Agricultural Policy costs every family £1200 a year in higher food costs. 5. Outside the Common Fisheries Policy, Britain could reassert control over its waters out to 200 miles or the median line, which would take in around 65% of North Sea stocks. 6. Successive British governments have refused to say what proportion of domestic laws come from Brussels, but a thorough analysis by the German Federal Justice Ministry showed that 84% of the legislation in that country came from the EU. 7. Outside the EU, Britain would be free to negotiate much more liberal trade agreements with third countries than is possible under the Common External Tariff. 8. The countries with the highest GDP per capita in Europe are Norway and Switzerland. Both export more, proportionately, to the EU, than Britain does. 9. Outside the EU, Britain could be a deregulated, competitive, offshore haven. 10. Oh, and we'd be a democracy again I Hope this helps ypu! mallowe
  • Score: 16

9:51pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Don't Call Me Dave says...

BAPS should be renamed BALLS - Barnet Alliance of Loony Left Socialists
BAPS should be renamed BALLS - Barnet Alliance of Loony Left Socialists Don't Call Me Dave
  • Score: 5

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