Paul Nuttall has been targeted by a potentially criminal smear campaign
A text message, which also brands Ukip racist, is circulating around the town, with an unknown number of people instructed to vote in the controversial Labour candidate Gareth Snell.
Using references to God the divisive political and religiously motivated messages say: “Will you be able to answer for this in the Grave and on the Final Day??? ‘I helped the Enemies of Islam because…’”
While another divisive text said: “Every Racist is voting for UKIP. UKIP are a Racist Party, who are hate Muslims and Islam.”
Every Racist is voting for UKIP. UKIP are a Racist Party, who are hate Muslims and Islam
The communication was reportedly sent by a labour activist. The Sun have named the activist as Navid Hussain.
Ukip party activist Tariq Mahmood slammed the text revealing it was being “circulated via text and WhatsApp throughout the local community”.
He said: “It’s outrageous.”
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Labour is attempting to distance itself from both Hussain and the messages.
A spokesman told The Sun: “We were not aware of these text messages and we don’t condone the content.
“The campaign did not sanction the sending of these messages.”
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The Liberal Democrats have fielded a Muslim candidate however the outrageous messages declare the public should vote Labour and signs off: "May glorious Allah grant us all guidance, amen.”
Another messages on Facebook said “you must vote for Gareth Snell” as Ukip “hate all Muslims and all immigrants”.
“Any vote for Dr Ali (Lib Dems) is the same as voting for UKIP.”
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The messages are likely to be subject to a police investigation due to the racially motivated overtones after the Lib Dem candidate Dr Zulfiqar Ali, who is Muslim himself, raised the matter with the authorities.
Lib Dem leader Tim Farron said: “It is worrying and quite serious as it seeks to persuade people on the basis of religious pressure rather than political opinion.
“In the UK this is an illegal activity and strictly prohibited under election law.”
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Earlier this week Labour candidate Mr Snell was forced to apologise for his outrageous comments made about women on Twitter.
The foul-mouthed candidate is being plagued with controversy following his use of language on the social networking site.
Tweets have emerged which have shamed the Brexit-hating candidate who even attacked his own party.
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Mr Snell previously called panellists on ITV’s Loose Women “squabbling sour-faced ladies”, described Janet Street-Porter as a “polished turd.”
He also attacked shadow home secretary Diane Abbott after an appearance on BBC’s Question Time saying: “Diane, you are great, then you say something incredibly arsingly stupid.” (sic)
Express.co.uk has contacted the Labour Party for comment.