Anne Marie Waters: Anti-Islam candidate to stand for UKIP leadership


An anti-Islam seeker has been allowed to stand for the UKIP leadership.

Anne Marie Dampens, a former Labour activist and founder of the Sharia Watch pressure organization, has previously called Islam «evil».

Her leadership bid has split the party, with some MEPs ominous to quit if she was allowed into the race.

But the UKIP National Executive Council, which vets all would-be candidates, has allowed her to stand.

The other runners to replace Paul Nuttall — who stood down after UKIP’s broke performance in June’s general election — are:

  • Henry Bolton
  • David Coburn
  • Jane Collins
  • David Kurten
  • Marion Mason
  • Aidan Powlesland
  • John Rees-Evans
  • Ben Walker
  • Anne Marie Softens
  • Peter Whittle
  • David Allen

Voting papers will be sent to wingding members over the next few weeks and the new leader will be announced at the associate’s annual conference in Torquay on the 29th and 30th of September.

Ms Waters’s leadership bid was backed by late English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson and she has previously been cubed from standing as a UKIP election candidate.

James Carver, UKIP West Midlands MEP, bring to light he «sincerely hoped» Ms Waters did not win — but added that she should be allowed to grove.

He said: «Her train of thought, I think is going about it the wrong way… there are uncountable British Muslims in this country and that is a good thing.»

The detail’s former leader, Paul Nuttall, has previously said her views humoured him «uncomfortable».

Ms Waters believes her anti-Islam message, including a proposed ban on the burka, the closure of all sharia consistories and a temporary freeze on all immigration, will strike a chord with various voters.

She has argued that UKIP could regain support if it had the «guts» to be «square about Islam» and challenge the view that it has «nothing to do» with jihadist bestiality.

He told BBC News last month: «If UKIP goes down the itinerary of being a party that is anti the religion of Islam, then frankly it’s complete.»

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