A CONSERVATIVE parliamentary candidate has been suspended after allegedly plotting with the English Defence League (EDL) to win votes.
Afzal Amin, an ex army officer, is accused by the Mail on Sunday of scheming with the EDL to announce a march against the building of a “mega-mosque”.
The paper reported that the plan was for the protest to be scrapped with Amin taking credit for defusing the situation.
The candidate for Dudley North is a former British army officer having served in the British army for 11 years including tours of Afghanistan and Iraq.
The paper claims secretly-filmed footage, obtained by the former EDL leader Tommy Robinson, shows former Amin allegedly promising that he would be an “unshakeable ally” for the EDL in parliament and help bring their views to the mainstream.
“This is my fantasy,” he says in the secretly recorded footage. “If I could demonstrate to the people in Dudley that I can be a positive voice for community cohesion ... then that would help me a lot in the forthcoming election.”
Amin also told Robinson in a a subsequent phone call that he needs two “white” canvassers to help his campaign for election.
“I need two white, working class lads to go round those areas to say to people, ‘You support the Army, if you support the troops then vote for this guy’. That’s what I need,” he said.
After Robinson asked about payment Amin makes it clear it is illegal to pay people to canvass during elections.
But when it is suggested the men can be paid indirectly through Robinson, Amin replies: “Yes of course, of course”.
A Conservative Party spokesman confirmed that Amin had been suspended.
“Following an emergency meeting it has been decided to suspend him as a candidate with immediate effect,” the spokesman said.
“The Conservative Party views this as a matter of extremely serious concern.”
A full disciplinary hearing is expected to be held on Tuesday (24), when Amin will be able to explain his actions and a decision on his future will be taken.