Brexit Party official removed for saying Milibands have ‘shallow UK roots’
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Brexit Party official removed for saying Milibands have ‘shallow UK roots’

Michael McGough, a former UKIP member, has been dismissed from Nigel Farage’s newly-established grouping following his Facebook claim

A senior official from Nigel Farage’s newly-established Brexit Party has been dismissed after a number of antisemitic and otherwise offensive Facebook posts were uncovered by the Guardian.

Party treasury Michael McGough, a former UKIP member, reportedly described Ed and David Miliband and Peter Mandelson as having “shallow UK roots” or being “devoid of UK” roots, the newspaper reports.

In another post, McGough is believed to have referred to David Miliband as the “son of an east European communist now milking it from a charity in New York and devoid of UK roots”.

Another message reads: “The Miliband dudes and Mandelson have the shortest of roots. Transient folk they have no loyalty to the UK.”

The Brexit Party condemned the messages as “unacceptable” and confirmed McGough would no longer hold a position in the Brexit Party.

“The Brexit party is saddened by the unacceptable statements made by Mr McGough. Taken together they mean that he cannot hold a position in the Brexit party,” the party said in a statement.

Marie van der Zyl, president of the Board of Deputies, told the newspaper that the party  had done “the right thing.”

She added: “The new party will need to institute rigorous anti-racist procedures and policies to ensure this doesn’t keep happening.”

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