Harrow UKIP chairman Jeremy Zeid to stay after 'ethnic cleansing' tweets

The leader of UKIP’s Harrow branch will continue in his role despite controversial comments made on a social networking website.

Last week Jeremy Zeid, who stood for UKIP in the Kenton East ward in the May 22 local elections said on Twitter “the almost absence of white faces in Ilford is worrying.”

In a subsequent tweet, he said the Labour MP for the area Mike Gapes “is so busy being 'right on' he is either blind to or deliberately complicit in the ethnic cleansing of Ilford".

The comments provoked a large number of messages on social media condemning Mr Zeid's views.

Speaking to the Harrow Times Mr Zeid said: “What I said in those tweets was an observation. I admit I may have used the wrong words but I think it was fair point.

“It was not racist, but an observation about the area and I think the concerns raised afterwards have been a case of selective outrage and it is an attack on freedom of speech.”

Mr Zeid says he has spoken to the London UKIP party chairman to explain the situation about the tweets and he will continue as party chairman for Harrow.

A spokesman for the party said: “UKIP is a non-racist, non-sectarian party and all candidates and members are expected to uphold these values.

“Where evidence is produced to indicate a breach it will be considered at the earliest opportunity by the National Executive Committee as part of an established disciplinary procedure."

Mr Zeid has since removed his Twitter account. All tweets have been deleted.

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4:31pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Bill Chapman says...

This man should resign. UKIP really has gathered together a gang of thoughtl;ess people.
This man should resign. UKIP really has gathered together a gang of thoughtl;ess people. Bill Chapman
  • Score: -10

10:22pm Wed 4 Jun 14

gusgreen says...

Funny how a genuine and totally true observation is condemned by those with their head in the sand and ignoring the obvious fact that we are being over run by immigrants. Before any body rants that I am racist I'm not but I am a realist!
Funny how a genuine and totally true observation is condemned by those with their head in the sand and ignoring the obvious fact that we are being over run by immigrants. Before any body rants that I am racist I'm not but I am a realist! gusgreen
  • Score: 7

2:22pm Thu 5 Jun 14

mrs peach says...

This is NOT a racist comment it is an observation. The truth hurts.
This is NOT a racist comment it is an observation. The truth hurts. mrs peach
  • Score: 6

8:22am Fri 6 Jun 14

diligaf says...

Oh Mr Zeid you norty boy lol... why oh why every week are we seeing rubbish such as this in the papers, so he spoke the truth.... as stated above the truth hurts eh!!
Oh Mr Zeid you norty boy lol... why oh why every week are we seeing rubbish such as this in the papers, so he spoke the truth.... as stated above the truth hurts eh!! diligaf
  • Score: 5

4:17pm Fri 6 Jun 14

charrow says...

as a ukip supporter in harrow i cant believe we are led by this chap
as a ukip supporter in harrow i cant believe we are led by this chap charrow
  • Score: 1

9:28am Sun 8 Jun 14

pravinshah1 says...

Mr Zaid should not resign. He is part of a group which is as their leader says make racist comments when they are tired. Otherwise they are not racist.
Mr Zaid should not resign. He is part of a group which is as their leader says make racist comments when they are tired. Otherwise they are not racist. pravinshah1
  • Score: -3

10:12am Mon 9 Jun 14

mrs peach says...

I live in an area that has, and still is, being overpopulated by foreigners, I feel intimated when I go to my local high street, I am badgered by beggars and shouted at because I will not give them money, thank god I do not use London Transport, my friend does and she hates it, she is usually the only white English speaking person on the bus. Things have got to this state because for a long long time we were nit allowed to even comment on it, well now we can, a bit late but better late than never. And to all the goody two shoes who have not got this problem in their safe little communities, beware you could be next.
I live in an area that has, and still is, being overpopulated by foreigners, I feel intimated when I go to my local high street, I am badgered by beggars and shouted at because I will not give them money, thank god I do not use London Transport, my friend does and she hates it, she is usually the only white English speaking person on the bus. Things have got to this state because for a long long time we were nit allowed to even comment on it, well now we can, a bit late but better late than never. And to all the goody two shoes who have not got this problem in their safe little communities, beware you could be next. mrs peach
  • Score: 0

3:25pm Mon 9 Jun 14

DJFearRoss says...

It's a shame that UKIP attracts such idiots as the core of what they say make perfect sense. Pass power to the people at a national level.

However, this guy seems to have shot himself in the foot. Under EU existing rules there is unlimited migration from WHITE European countries. Hence the UK would be less white under UKIP!
It's a shame that UKIP attracts such idiots as the core of what they say make perfect sense. Pass power to the people at a national level. However, this guy seems to have shot himself in the foot. Under EU existing rules there is unlimited migration from WHITE European countries. Hence the UK would be less white under UKIP! DJFearRoss
  • Score: 2

6:34pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Sonoo Malkani says...

Jeremy tends to say exactly what he feels and has done so this time without thinking about its impact on the general public.

As the Leader of his UKIP party in Harrow,he must take care to be extremely sensitive to the community in which he lives and only make considered comments, which he does not need to regret/retract later.

It seems he has offended not just non-UKIP supporters but some of his own party's members.Strangely ,despite being an immigrant,he seems to have forgotten the immense pain immigrants experience when such hurtful words are spoken about them.Must be very mindful when we speak.

Freedom of speech also brings with it tremendous personal responsibility for our actions.
Jeremy tends to say exactly what he feels and has done so this time without thinking about its impact on the general public. As the Leader of his UKIP party in Harrow,he must take care to be extremely sensitive to the community in which he lives and only make considered comments, which he does not need to regret/retract later. It seems he has offended not just non-UKIP supporters but some of his own party's members.Strangely ,despite being an immigrant,he seems to have forgotten the immense pain immigrants experience when such hurtful words are spoken about them.Must be very mindful when we speak. Freedom of speech also brings with it tremendous personal responsibility for our actions. Sonoo Malkani
  • Score: -5

7:12pm Mon 9 Jun 14

diligaf says...

Mrs Peach I couldnt agree more, you need your passport to even go out of your home in Harrow nowadays, we have been overun and quite frankly we all feel like the minority in our own town centre, long may Mr Zeid reign
Mrs Peach I couldnt agree more, you need your passport to even go out of your home in Harrow nowadays, we have been overun and quite frankly we all feel like the minority in our own town centre, long may Mr Zeid reign diligaf
  • Score: 2

9:23am Tue 10 Jun 14

mrs peach says...

DJFearRoss wrote:
It's a shame that UKIP attracts such idiots as the core of what they say make perfect sense. Pass power to the people at a national level.

However, this guy seems to have shot himself in the foot. Under EU existing rules there is unlimited migration from WHITE European countries. Hence the UK would be less white under UKIP!
DJFearRoss; You do not seem to understand! It is not anything to do with skin colour, Why do you immediately jump to that conclusion?
[quote][p][bold]DJFearRoss[/bold] wrote: It's a shame that UKIP attracts such idiots as the core of what they say make perfect sense. Pass power to the people at a national level. However, this guy seems to have shot himself in the foot. Under EU existing rules there is unlimited migration from WHITE European countries. Hence the UK would be less white under UKIP![/p][/quote]DJFearRoss; You do not seem to understand! It is not anything to do with skin colour, Why do you immediately jump to that conclusion? mrs peach
  • Score: -1

7:13pm Wed 11 Jun 14

DJFearRoss says...

mrs peach wrote:
DJFearRoss wrote:
It's a shame that UKIP attracts such idiots as the core of what they say make perfect sense. Pass power to the people at a national level.

However, this guy seems to have shot himself in the foot. Under EU existing rules there is unlimited migration from WHITE European countries. Hence the UK would be less white under UKIP!
DJFearRoss; You do not seem to understand! It is not anything to do with skin colour, Why do you immediately jump to that conclusion?
“the almost absence of white faces in Ilford is worrying.” -- Some things can be taken out of context, but,......
[quote][p][bold]mrs peach[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DJFearRoss[/bold] wrote: It's a shame that UKIP attracts such idiots as the core of what they say make perfect sense. Pass power to the people at a national level. However, this guy seems to have shot himself in the foot. Under EU existing rules there is unlimited migration from WHITE European countries. Hence the UK would be less white under UKIP![/p][/quote]DJFearRoss; You do not seem to understand! It is not anything to do with skin colour, Why do you immediately jump to that conclusion?[/p][/quote]“the almost absence of white faces in Ilford is worrying.” -- Some things can be taken out of context, but,...... DJFearRoss
  • Score: 1

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