Gerard Batten accused Jeremy Corbyn’s party of running scared with Ukip “very confident” it will take the Labour stronghold.
“They [Labour] are so desperate, that it doesn’t surprise me that they’ve stooped as low as this,” he said.
“Either it’s some individual who feels very strongly about this or it is inspired by somebody in the Labour Party and my guess is it’s been inspired by somebody in the Labour Party.”
Gerard Batten campaigning with Ukip candidate Paul Nuttall
They [Labour] are so desperate, that it doesn’t surprise me that they’ve stooped as low as this
The uproar comes after divisive messages were sent to Muslim voters calling Ukip “racist”.
One read: “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 said: “Every Racist is voting for UKIP. UKIP are a Racist Party, who are hate Muslims and Islam.”
According to reports, the messages were sent by Labour activist Navid Hussain.
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Mr Batten said Labour were “frightened” and spoke up his party’s chances of trumping Mr Corbyn’s candidate Gareth Snell.
“They know that they are very close to losing here,” he said. “I can’t predict the outcome, you can never anticipate what [voters] are going to do [but] my feeling and most people have the feeling it’s close and we are very confident that we can actually win.
“So I think they’re desperate and they’re frightened because this isn’t just about them losing here, where they’ve been, I believe since 1950. They’ve had a Labour MP for that long.
“This is also about the future of Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party, so they are desperate.”
The Labour Party has since issued a statement condemning the content of the messages.
A campaign spokesperson said: “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.”