An Indian-origin Tory election candidate has been suspended by the Conservatives for allegedly trying to organize a far-right march against plans to build a mosque in his constituency in the West Midlands.
The Mail on Sunday reports that Afzal Amin, a former British Army captain, was filmed telling members of the English Defence League (EDL) to organize a march against the planned mosque in the town of Dudley, then orchestrate for it to be cancelled so he could take the credit.
According to the Mail’s investigation, 40-year-old Amin had promised the EDL – which claims to fight against what it calls the “Islamization” of Britain – to help take their message to the masses.
The EDL has been dismissed by the major political parties and politicians as “Islamophobic” and “fascists”.
Amin had also promised the EDL members that he would become their “unshakeable ally”, the Mail reports.
The Conservative Party is to hold a full investigation into Amin’s conduct on Tuesday.
A Conservative party spokesman said: “Following an emergency meeting, it has been decided unanimously to suspend him as a candidate with immediate effect. The Conservative Party views this as a matter of extremely serious concern.”
According to his website, Amin grew up near Birmingham before attending Sandwell College in West Bromwich. He later graduated from Sandhurst and served as an officer in the British Army for 11 years, serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.
His grandfather was a military policeman in the British Indian Army.
According to reports, Amin’s constituency of Dudley North is one of numerous fractional seats up for grabs in the up-coming general election which is set to be the most divisive poll in a generation.
The Labour party candidate enjoys a wafer-thin majority whilst the UK Independence Party is considered the major opposition in the area.
In 2014, Amin claimed that the Conservatives don’t appeal to ethnic minority voters whom he said considered the Tories “racist”.
“What’s very clear to me is that in the areas where I grew up and I now live, for the vast majority of people, whether they’re black or from the Indian subcontinent, the general perception is that the party remains a racist party and we have not done enough to convince them that this is not the case”, he said.
The conservatives, he added, needed to find “better ways to communicate” with black and ethnic minority voters.