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A gang claiming to be members of UKIP attacked South Basildon & East Thurrock Labour Party members and went on to destroy their town centre street stall on Saturday, according to LabourList.

Mike Le-Surf, Labour Parliamentary Candidate for South Basildon & East Thurrock, who was there, writes: “I was hosting a ‘Save our NHS’ stand with support from local party and UNISON members, collecting petition signatures and speaking to local residents about their issues.

“Earlier in the day, one of the gang approached us soon after we arrived and told us to pack up and get out. Strong language and references to Rotherham followed with a threat of him returning. Later he did return with a group of people. They began to rip up some NHS leaflets and told a party member they were UKIP and that they would be back.

“The attack which followed was filmed by one of their gang. The thugs kicked one of our members in the leg while she was sitting in her mobility scooter accompanied by her daughter and young grandson. The gang then demolished the street stall and ripped down a bannerstand before hurling it at a parked van. An eighty year old member of the party was subjected to a tirade of verbal abuse and another received a cut to his forehead in the violent and unprovoked attack.

“Whether UKIP party members or just local thugs, the perpetrators of these actions were happy to say off camera that they were UKIP and justified their actions with reference to UKIP’s Rotherham campaign poster targeting Labour councillors.”

Thurrock council has CCTV footage of the attack so Mr Le-Surf said he hopes it is only a matter of time before the offenders are brought to justice. We’ll know then if they really are UKIP members.

If they are, Nigel Farage will have more apologising to do.

More importantly, this indicates a strain of political thuggishness that we have not seen in mainstream British politics – at least, not for many years. Let us hope that the British people are smart enough to know that it must be discouraged.

The best place to do so will be at the ballot box.

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