Last year Simon Danczuk was accused of disloyalty by his fellow Labour party members after he was photographed meeting Nigel Farage for a pint. Ed Miliband’s troupe can, however, breathe a collective sigh of relief as judging by a recent incident relations between Danczuk and Ukip members are far from friendly.
The Labour MP for Rochdale has accused his Ukip opponent of dirty tactics. Danczuk claims that Mohammed Masud, the Ukip PPC for Rochdale, was thrown out of a local mosque after he tried to badmouth him.
Just hearing that my UKIP opponent has been thrown out of a Rochdale mosque after trying to address the congregation & clumsily attack me!
— Simon Danczuk (@SimonDanczuk) January 30, 2015
A Ukip spokesman strongly denies the allegation, claiming that Masud was not asked to leave. ‘Mohammed Masud was invited to address the congregation before Friday prayers,’ he says. ‘He did so and made some comments about failures of local services and suggested that the sitting member was not up to the job.’
In light of Masud’s comments, a member of the audience apparently shouted that Ukip are a racist party. ‘The congregation has a number of Labour Councillors and members, someone – we know not who – shouted “Ukip are f—ing racists”,’ the spokesman adds.
How friendly the congregation’s response will be to Ukip agricultural spokesman Stuart Agnew’s recent comments about the party’s opposition to the non-stun slaughter of animals is another matter entirely.