The cases of two UKIP county councillors accused of making racist posts will be be debated by the party’s national executive.
Councillors Chris Pain, of Wainfleet and Burgh, and Tiggs Keywood-Wainwright, of Boston North West, were labelled racists in a report in the Sunday Mirror.
In an exclusive interview, party leader Nigel Farage told The Standard the national executive will meet on Monday, June 3. He said there will be a ‘full debate’ and urged people not to judge the councillors before then.
Mr Farage said: “Clearly we have one or two people who say unguarded things on Facebook and certainly social media does lead to people saying things that they don’t always mean.
“If cases come up with people persistently posting stuff that is unpleasant then we, as a party, will act.
“We believe that the things that we are fighting for are so important, we are not going to let anybody ruin that.”
Mr Farage believes some people are trying to label his party as racist, but says it won’t stick.
He said: “They’ve been trying to do it for years but it has never ever stuck and won’t stick.
“That’s not what we are about – we are a party that attracts quite a lot of ethnic minority voters and have quite a lot of ethnic minority candidates.”
On vetting for candidates, he added: “To a large extent they were people that we knew. They were all asked to make declarations that they had never been members of extreme groups so we did cover our bases by making them sign declarations.
“But we don’t have the manpower to vet social media pages.”