Stephen Lees, a long-term Conservative activist, has tweeted that all Muslims should be expelled from Britain, and all mosques demolished. His Tweet came a few minutes after he tweeted a link to a Telegraph article entitled “Head teachers raise ‘serious concerns’ over Islamic school take-over”.
Mr Lees describes himself on Twitter first and foremost as a Tory. His blog site reveals that he has been involved with the party for decades, first delivering leaflets for the Conservatives aged eleven. He went on to become Secretary of the Coulsdon South Conservatives at the tender age of 17, and, as one of the youngest branch officers in the country, was introduced to Margaret Thatcher at the 1975 Conservative Party Conference. He boasted on Twitter that he has been canvassing in Coulsdon for over 40 years.
I expect we’ll see more of this in the run-up to the elections on 22 May, with UKIP responding to the exposure of their own racists, Islamophobes and homophobes by exposing those within the ranks of the other parties.
Update: The Press Association quotes a Tory party spokesman as saying: “Stephen Lees is not a member of the Conservative party according to local records checked today. The local association has also confirmed that he is not a party activist, and has no formal ties to the Conservative party.”