UKIP candidate for Baguley Paul O’Donoghue tonight claimed the UK’s immigration policies and EU membership are racist.
Speaking at the regional tennis centre in Manchester, he said his party would introduce a fair method of controlling immigration.
He said: “If you are in the European Union you cannot control immigration. The current immigration policy is racist because we favour eastern Europeans in general.
“If you’re a skilled person from Africa you are not allowed in to the country. UKIP are open to any colour and any religion.
“We want immigration from all over the world but as a country we are entitled to ask you what skills you have, what your attitudes to our society are and what your mindset is about politics.
“These people can then integrate into society here properly.”
Mr O’Donoghue believed UKIP’s national election campaign had been unfairly represented by the media, and Nigel Farage is the only politician who speaks his mind.
He said: “We have been treated badly by the media because everyone says they want change but with it comes to it actually happening, people stay with the status quo.
We are the new kid on the block, and that is threatening to other parties.
“Nigel Farage is the only one who says what he thinks. Other politicians are trained not to say anything.
I would love to say something controversial and have someone pull me up on it, and more people need to do it.
I am a UKIP councillor, but my vote is my vote. If I didn’t like something UKIP stood for I would say it, just as I would with Labour or Conservative.”
Mr O’Donoghue spoke of the controversial words from Farage at the Leaders Debate regarding HIV sufferers, and argued that he was misunderstood.
He said: “When you think about what he was saying, I understand it. All he was arguing was if you have an National Health Service which you already cannot pay for, people from abroad should not cheat the system and use our services.
“He is not homophobic, just he used the word HIV and caused alarm bells.”
The UKIP councillor admitted he was new to politics, and his first career was in the music industry.
He started a record label called Devil Records and claims to have written three songs for Lisa Stansfield.
“I never quite made it, and turns out she was more successful on her own!”