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Former member of BNP Sue Bowen disowned by UKIP

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: April 24, 2013

Former member of BNP Sue Bowen disowned by UKIP

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A CANDIDATE for the Cornwall Council elections next week has been disowned by her party after they found out she was once a member of the British National Party.

The United Kingdom Independence Party made the move on Monday after being told that Sue Bowen from Boscastle, who is standing for the Tintagel ward, was, for a short time, a member of the right-wing party.

UKIP told the Cornish Guardian in a statement: "It has come to our attention that our candidate for Cornwall Council in Tintagel, Sue Bowen, was formerly, for a short time, a member of the BNP.

"UKIP's rules do not permit former members of the BNP to join the party or stand as candidates for us, so we have formally withdrawn our support from this candidate."

Mrs Bowen, 73, a retired sheep farmer, said yesterday that UKIP had informed her of their decision and she accepted it.

"If UKIP want to withdraw their support, then so be it. I was just printing off my election leaflets when they told me. I can't withdraw from the election now my name is on the ballot, but I will not be canvassing.

"I was in the BNP for just six months three years ago. I joined for the same reasons I joined UKIP, because I felt they would do something for the country.

"I am no Nazi and I was duped into joining the BNP. I didn't like my country being given away to foreigners. As a farmer I have seen the Ministry of Agriculture handed to Europe and it is now a French-style department – Defra.

"I have only been in UKIP five minutes and I am not throwing my baby out of the pram.

"I won't be getting into politics again."

Mrs Bowen said she believes a member of Mebyon Kernow, the party she also once belonged to, had informed UKIP of her BNP membership.

She accused them of being childish as she stood for MK in council elections some years ago and said she received a good proportion of the votes.

Tom Hobbs, of St Dennis, who is chairman of UKIP in Cornwall, said Mrs Bowen had approached them saying she was a disillusioned Tory and had signed a document saying she had not belonged to a party such as the BNP and there were no skeletons in her cupboard which could cause embarrassment. "As soon as I was made aware by Mebyon Kernow that she had been a member of the BNP I asked her and she said she had been. I told her that her membership of UKIP would be terminated."

Mrs Bowen, who walked from Cornwall to London in the Keskerth Kernow march in 2007 to mark 500 years since the Cornish Rebellion, said: " I would like to keep Cornwall Council as it used to be. Instead of canvassing for the election I shall be on the road and heading for my roots in Lancashire."

The two other candidates contesting the seat are the present member, Glenton Brown (Lib Dem) and Conservative Paul Charlesworth.

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  • TheCornishDem  |  April 26 2013, 1:00PM

    I wonder if Labour will be denouncing its members with a past in the BNP?

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  • Charlespk  |  April 25 2013, 9:53PM

    How many of you are there now then? . 27? . You'll soon have enough for a rugby, a football and a cricket team at this rate.

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  • Jonny2010  |  April 25 2013, 9:34PM

    Dear Charlespk I am a Cornish Nationalist, so how exactly have I been "abusive towards the English"? If anything, I have been abused by some members of the English community all my life, but I guess you don't care about that do you? "Cornish tw*t" and "Cornish cr*p" are two incidents which I remember well. Let me be clear on two points. The Cornish people aren't going anywhere. Cornish Nationalism is on the rise. Deal with it :)

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  • Charlespk  |  April 24 2013, 8:12PM

    So when Cornish Nationalists are constantly abusive towards the English they don't consider that racist. . The whole world expresses their partiality or otherwise to their racial differences, but fortunately good manners hides most things that are overtly offensive. . But the Hypocrisy is breathtaking.

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  • Doitdreckley  |  April 24 2013, 7:53PM

    How can you be 'duped' into joining a political party, let alone one with such clear aims as UKIP? Smacks of poor judgement and unsuitability for politics.

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  • stpRR  |  April 24 2013, 6:14PM

    A member of one racist party is thrown out for having belonged to another! Let's hope she's out of politics for good.

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  • dongcopter  |  April 24 2013, 1:27PM

    Sue Bowen speaks at BNP "reform" conference in 2010 giving a presentaion! HArdley someone thats been duped into joining! She starts 5 minutes in! http://tinyurl.com/ca6wsg7

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  • jonryan  |  April 24 2013, 11:51AM

    So will Farage now be disowning his own election agent? "...Martyn Heale was a former National Front branch organiser in Hammersmith in the late 1970s and a NF candidate in the London borough of Hammersmith in the 1979 local elections. Heale later resigned from the National Front and became Chairman of the West London branch of the far-right New Britain Party. Mr Heale is now chairman of UKIP South Thanet and is standing as a UKIP candidate in the upcoming Kent County Council on May 2nd 2013..." http://tinyurl.com/cjyyl3m

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  • TheCornishDem  |  April 24 2013, 11:49AM

    She got duped into joining the BNP and she still thought she had what it takes to be an elected representative for her community? Stunning.

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  • ramehead  |  April 24 2013, 9:42AM

    Well after watching UKIPs political broadcast last night why am I not surprised!

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