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False accusations were made against the Brexit Party

28 November, 2019

• AS the Brexit Party candidate for Holborn & St Pancras, I was invited on November 19 to attend Westminster Kingsway College for a hustings event organised by “Vote For Your Future”, to encourage students to register and vote.

I was happy to engage with students, discuss ideas, and enjoyed the positive reception they gave me.

Unfortunately I could not say the same thing for the Labour Party’s representative, Cllr Abdul Hai, standing in for Sir Keir Starmer, because his comments were not only undemocratic, but detrimental to the cause advocated by “Vote For Your Future”.

I am an immigrant from El Salvador, with a mixed ethnic background of Hispanic, Native American Indian and black African.

Yet my diversity, and that of my fellow candidates in London, who range from Iranian, Chinese and orthodox Jewish; did not stop Cllr Hai from calling us “bigots” and “racists”.

His false accusations towards us undermine our democracy, disengaging voters and creating false narratives and disinformation.

Cllr Hai did not stop there: he doubled down in his final speech stating that “the Brexit Party should not be part of our democratic process”!

His impetuous remarks do not belong to the public office he holds and he has done a disservice to the millions of Labour voters who believe in democracy, in particular, the thousands of Labour leave voters who reside in Camden.

HECTOR BIRCHWOOD
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