West Midlands MEPs James Carver and Bill Etheridge have called for calm following news that a taxpayer-funded anti-democratic group is due to organise “negative campaigns of scaremongering and fear” in a number of Parliamentary seats across the West Midlands.
UKIP MEPs James Carver and Bill Etheridge, have called on local Labour MPs to condemn Hope Not Hate who are set to campaign in Parliamentary seats such as Dudley North and Wyre Forest.
Commenting, the MEPs say Hope Not Hate, a taxpayer-funded body sponsored by senior Labour Party figures, is a negative and divisive and intimidatory force in British politics that is now moving to deliberately target UKIP, its supporters and its elected officials to stop democracy.
Hope Not Hate has announced it has drawn up a list of constituencies where it believes UKIP poses the greatest electoral risk, including Cannock Chase, Wyre Forest and Dudley North.
Commenting on the move today, UKIP MEPs James Carver and Bill Etheridge, said the “state sponsored rabble rousers” are an anti-democratic movement that whips up fear.
James Carver MEP said: “The Labour Party is running scared of UKIP which is on course to win seats up and down the country. News that Hope Not Hate is now targeting a number of strong UKIP seats up and down the country shows how Labour is running scared of us.
“Hope Not Hate is about hate not hope. It uses its negative messages, and indeed bare-faced lies, to target the rise of UKIP which is a positive force in British democracy and politics.
“We believe in standing up for Britain and its interests. Hope Not Hate's own negative messages and campaigning will not hamper our own positive efforts to stand up for this country and local communities. UKIP is a non-racist, non-sectarian party that believes in freedom, fairness and democracy.”
Fellow West Midlands MEP Bill Etheridge, said: “I call on senior Labour figures, to denounce Hope Not Hate and its messages of fear and prejudice.
“It is appalling that this band of state sponsored rabble rousers have the support of Labour and trade unions. They will not hamper my campaign in Dudley North and I promise to counter their smears and lies. Labour should condemn Hope Not Hate.”