ANTI-RACISTS condemned the formation of a new far-right party yesterday led by a defeated Ukip leadership candidate.
Campaign group Stand Up to Racism warned that the new For Britain party, set up by Anne Marie Waters, is dangerous and reminiscent of the fascist British National Party.
Ms Waters stood for the Ukip leadership contest last month with a clear racist, anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant agenda.
She lost out to former Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate Henry Bolton and consequently Ms Waters quit Ukip.
Her new party has been set up with former leader of the fascist English Defence League (EDL) and convicted racist Tommy Robinson.
Stand Up to Racism co-convener Sabby Dhalu said: “Much of what For Britain stands for is reminiscent of the fascist BNP.
“For Britain claims ‘the rights of British citizens should be placed above those of non-British people’.”
Former BNP activist Jack Buckby, who stood in the Batley & Spen by-election following the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox by a fascist last year, is also involved in For Britain. He stood as a candidate for far-right Liberty GB; the major parties did not put up candidates against Labour as a mark of respect.
Mr Buckby received a derisory 220 votes, compared to successful Labour candidate Tracy Brabin’s 17,506.
“Waters and Buckby are hard-right racists who need monitoring and their poison defeated,” said Ms Dhalu.
In 2014 Ms Waters launched the organisation Sharia Watch, which claims to investigate the “criminal and political” elements of sharia law.
Ms Waters, who was born and educated in Dublin, is open about her anti-Islamic hatred, having condemned the religion as “evil.” She has also called for a freeze on immigration.
For Britain professes to “truly represent the interests of the forgotten people of Britain.” However, Hope Not Hate head of research Matthew Collins described the new party as “the worst extremes of Ukip” coupled with the EDL.
He told the Star: “The party had problems before it even started. Many of the people around it are too extreme for Ukip, including Waters.
“If it’s rejected by Ukip supporters then what’s left? They may have some support on social media, but this is unlikely to translate into the ballot box.”