Tariq Mahmood, a former Labour campaigner who became disillusioned with the left-wing party politics, said the electorate’s response to the eurosceptic party had been positive.
Ukip's Stoke-on-Trent South parliamentary candidate in 2015 told the Express.co.uk: “Out of every 10 door knocks, I would say at least four have been pro-Ukip. I’ve been going out at least every second or third day to campaign for those votes.
“It has always been a dictatorial attitude with Labour, people are fed up and they want change.”
Labour has been slammed by Tariq Mahmood, a former Labour campaigner
It has always been a dictatorial attitude with Labour
Mr Mahmood, a trained barrister, obtained a string of messages that were allegedly sent by pro-Labour supporters urging Muslims to vote for Labour otherwise they would “go to hell”.
The ex-Ukip candidate – himself a practicing Muslim – described the messages as “outrageous”.
He added: “It’s wrong. That kind of undue influence that says if you do not vote Labour you will ‘go to hell’ is completely wrong.
“We live in a free democracy and we have a right to vote for who we want. If people want to vote for Labour, that’s fine, I have no problem with that. But don’t pressurise people into doing what you what you them to do.
“It did not go down well in the Asian community. I think overall, Labour has taken for granted the traditional Muslim vote and they think that they can dictate the mindset of voters, and that’s wrong. I think what will happen in reality is that voters will be more aware.”
The Stoke citizen believed the messages were sent after Labour supporters became threatened as Paul Nuttall campaigned outside a mosque last Friday in Hanley, Stoke, where Ukip's campaign pledges were well received by worshippers.
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Mr Mahmood said: “Labour felt threatened by that… The stereotype that Ukip were anti-Islamic, anti-immigration, we wanted to alleviate those concerns.”
Local Labour officers decided to invite to British Muslim Labour MPs, Khalid Mahmood and Shabana Mahmood, on Sunday as they felt threatened by Ukip’s ground game, according to Mr Mahmood.
He then claimed on Tuesday to have obtained incriminating messages urging Stoke Muslims to go out and vote for Labour's Gareth Snell in the upcoming by-election.
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Despite the recent Hillsbourgh scandal involving Paul Nuttall, Mr Mahmood claimed Ukip will still snatch the seat from Labour.
He said: “Paul is a national voice, he will rise the national profile of Stoke-on-Trent… I think Paul has those qualities over and beyond everything else that was spoken about.
“Overall, people like him as an individual and people will trust him. This will be a key test: if Paul succeeds, it will be a domino effect that could bring down the establishment.”