Councillor candidate William Henwood defends tweet about Lenny Henry saying he should 'emigrate to a black country'

Enfield Independent: Tweet made by William Henwood on March 18 Tweet made by William Henwood on March 18

A UKIP candidate for the forthcoming council elections has defended himself after tweeting that comedian Lenny Henry should “emigrate to a black country.”

William Geoffrey Henwood, who will stand in the council election on May 22 in Enfield Town ward,  tweeted following a speech by Lenny Henry about a push for more diversity on television.

Mr Henwood responded by tweeting that Mr Henry should emigrate to a black country adding: "He does not have to live with whites.”

The 66-year-old also tweeted that: “Islam reminds me of the 3rd Reich Strength through violence against the citizens."

UKIP have 16 candidates standing in the local election next month. When questioned about the tweets in an interview with the BBC Mr Henwood said: “If black people come to this country and don't like mixing with white people why are they here? If he (Henry) wants a lot of blacks around go and live in a black country.”

A UKIP spokesman said: "Any breach of our rules will be duly investigated and action will be taken.”

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8:09pm Mon 28 Apr 14

caroline1980 says...

At no point did Lenny Henry imply that he didn't like mixing with white people, what is wrong with wanting TV to reflect society? If this man is elected I will feel heartily ashamed of my area.
At no point did Lenny Henry imply that he didn't like mixing with white people, what is wrong with wanting TV to reflect society? If this man is elected I will feel heartily ashamed of my area. caroline1980
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12:34pm Tue 29 Apr 14

dons24pelliparclose says...

For the record Lenny Henry "did not come to this country" as William Henwoood's words would imply .

Lenworth aka Lenny, George Henry was born at Burton Road hospital in Dudley, West Midlands, on 29 August 1958.

According to the Grace Dent column in the Independent on 28th April the actor Lenny Henry used to make a joke of his birth on the TV talent programme New Faces as far back as 1975
For the record Lenny Henry "did not come to this country" as William Henwoood's words would imply . Lenworth aka Lenny, George Henry was born at Burton Road hospital in Dudley, West Midlands, on 29 August 1958. According to the Grace Dent column in the Independent on 28th April the actor Lenny Henry used to make a joke of his birth on the TV talent programme New Faces as far back as 1975 dons24pelliparclose
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1:23pm Tue 29 Apr 14

london organiser says...

Theres nothing wrong with black countries why shouldn't Lenny want to live in one when he retires he has made his money? he could do very well in a black country with his skills and connections in TV.
And after a few years he might want to campaign for more whites on a black countries tv CHANNEL.
Theres nothing wrong with black countries why shouldn't Lenny want to live in one when he retires he has made his money? he could do very well in a black country with his skills and connections in TV. And after a few years he might want to campaign for more whites on a black countries tv CHANNEL. london organiser
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1:38pm Tue 29 Apr 14

PG_Bill says...

This isn't the first time that a UKIP candidate (or already elected councillor/MEP) has revealed himself as racist. Each time the party claims not to be racist, and maybe they aren't - but they're close enough to be attractive to those who are.

Their immigrant-bashing has pushed the Tories (not that they took much pushing), Labour and the Lib Dems into only slightly less aggressive positions. Only the Greens maintain the traditional British welcome for strangers.
This isn't the first time that a UKIP candidate (or already elected councillor/MEP) has revealed himself as racist. Each time the party claims not to be racist, and maybe they aren't - but they're close enough to be attractive to those who are. Their immigrant-bashing has pushed the Tories (not that they took much pushing), Labour and the Lib Dems into only slightly less aggressive positions. Only the Greens maintain the traditional British welcome for strangers. PG_Bill
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4:16pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Andy_Pagin says...

Don't think I will be voting for someone who's not only plainly a racist, but also too pig-ignorant and thick to hide the fact just before an election.
Don't think I will be voting for someone who's not only plainly a racist, but also too pig-ignorant and thick to hide the fact just before an election. Andy_Pagin
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11:04pm Tue 29 Apr 14

PG_Bill says...

I gather he has now resigned from UKIP. Problem solved? Not exactly - the deadlines for registering or withdrawing candidates for the May 22nd local elections have passed, so the papers nominating him will stand - and they say he's standing for UKIP. So that's how he'll appear on the ballot paper.
I gather he has now resigned from UKIP. Problem solved? Not exactly - the deadlines for registering or withdrawing candidates for the May 22nd local elections have passed, so the papers nominating him will stand - and they say he's standing for UKIP. So that's how he'll appear on the ballot paper. PG_Bill
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