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The far-Right mob leader repeatedly hounding an anti-Brexit MP outside Parliament has links to Ukip.
James Goddard was in a gang of agitators that surrounded Tory MP Anna Soubry on Monday, calling her a ‘Nazi’ and a ‘traitor’. The Daily Mail can reveal that he was photographed with Ukip leader Gerard Batten at a far-Right demo last year.
December - Goddard - Bunch - Followers - MPs
Since December, Goddard and his rag-tag bunch of followers have harassed and verbally abused MPs, campaigners and TV journalists at Westminster.
His appalling behaviour has prompted more than 140 MPs to demand that Scotland Yard chief Cressida Dick tackles the ‘deteriorating public order and security situation’ outside the House of Commons.
Mail - Goddard - Number - Extremists - Ukip
The Mail has established that Goddard is one of a growing number of extremists who have become close to Ukip.
He was pictured last June smiling alongside Mr Batten at a rally calling for the release from prison of Tommy Robinson, the founder of the English Defence League.
Photograph - Concerns - Ukip - Lurch - Mr
The photograph underlines concerns about Ukip’s lurch toward the far-Right since Mr Batten became leader last February. The MEP – whose salary of £67,000 is part-funded by the British taxpayer – denies knowing Goddard.
Mr Batten has called Islam a ‘death cult’ and aligned the party with a disparate selection of xenophobic rabble-rousers and those who pedal conspiracy theories.
Appointment - Robinson - Ukip - Adviser - Resignations
His appointment of Robinson as Ukip’s special political adviser led to the resignations of former leaders Nigel Farage and Paul Nuttall. Half of its representatives in the European Parliament followed suit.
In his resignation letter, West Midlands MEP Bill Etheridge branded the party a ‘vehicle of hate towards Muslims and the gay community’.
Mr - Batten - Line - Islam - Help
Mr Batten has pushed an aggressively hostile line against Islam with the help of Robinson’s far-Right mob and a string of extremist street organisations. He was last week forced to deny claims that Robinson is being lined up to replace him.
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