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Ukip is cruising nowhere fast as youth conference cancelled

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2570

Ukip feared an anti-racist protest like this one in May

Ukip feared an anti-racist protest like this one in May (Pic: Jon Woods)

The threat of an anti-racist protest has forced hard right party Ukip to scrap a planned conference of its youth wing in Sheffield.

Stand Up To Racism (SUTR) had planned to protest outside the Hilton Hotel in Sheffield, where the conference was due to take place last weekend.

But the venue cancelled the booking and other venues refused Ukip’s attempts to book elsewhere. Ukip said “far left threats of violence” were responsible.

Far right speakers were due to attend, including Martin Sellner, Austrian leader of Generation Identitaire, and former leader of Pegida in Britain Anne Marie Waters.

The conference has been postponed indefinitely. Ukip also cancelled a planned three-hour river cruise.

Sheffield SUTR said, “We are grateful to all the venues who declined the booking from Young Independence, the youth wing of Ukip, rejecting the party’s racism, Islamophobia and hate.

“Stand Up To Racism and other anti-racists will continue to challenge racism and the far right.”

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