Bradford – Hope Not Hate (HnH), the trade union backed campaign group that often gets facts wrong, have announced that they will again be targeting UKIP in Bradford in forthcoming general and local elections on 7th May.
As a ‘registered non-party campaigner’ HnH are entitled to print and distribute their literature but should ensure they contain facts and not attempt to mislead the public.
However UKIP is concerned that Labour councillors, candidates and their associates, being the main distributors and organisers of HnH leaflets in Bradford are using this trade union backed money to effectively bypass legally enforced spending limits and allowing them to outspend other political campaigns.
At last year’s elections in some areas the Labour candidate teams worked in tandem to deliver Labour and HnH leaflets. In 2014 UKIP Bradford uncovered a plot where Labour councillors were working alongside the left wing campaign group (see 3) these included Labour Deputy Leader Imran Hussain, Cllrs Sinead Engel and Cllr Richard Dunbar amongst others.
UKIP candidate for Bradford South Jason Smith says: “People want fair elections, they want to know that what is being sent to them is legitimate and fair, and we cannot have a situation where one party’s candidates can effectively ignore the legal spending limits by dressing up one of their leaflets as being in some way independent of them.
We will be writing to the Returning Officer, West Yorkshire Police Economic Crime Unit (who investigate electoral offences), and to the Electoral Commission to alert them of our concerns of disguised spending in Bradford.”
UKIP candidate for Bradford East Owais Rajput says: “I ask all people of Bradford to question the outlandish claims of Hope Not Hate, UKIP denounces racism and we denounce Hope Not Hate language of hatred. UKIP is colour blind and is more ethnically diverse than Labour.”