A high-profile black member of Ukip has quit the party over claims he was a victim of racial discrimination from figures close to leader Nigel Farage.
Winston McKenzie, Ukip’s former Commonwealth spokesman, accused the party of ignoring his bid to be chosen as a candidate for London Mayor and said he was being blocked from progressing in the party because of racism in the “higher echelons” of Ukip.
He told ITV News: “I’m incensed at the present moment because where I stand in UKIP, I feel as though I’ve been completely ignored, racially discriminated against by people in the higher echelons of the party.
“I’m talking about the leader’s followers.”
Mr McKenzie, a former boxer, is famed for having joined every major political party in the UK but never winning an election.
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