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UKIP councillor who said ‘Islam is a cancer which needs to be cured with radiation’ on racist Facebook page ‘to step down’ after just 12 days

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Stepping down: New UKIP councillor Eric Kitson won a seat in Stourport, Worcestershire less than two weeks ago but will quit over a series of anti-Muslim, anti-Jewish Facebook posts

By MARTIN ROBINSON

A UKIP councillor has announced he will probably have to step down after less than two weeks because he posted a series of offensive messages about Jews and Muslims online.

Eric Kitson, 59, has admitted ‘I don’t see how I can possibly carry on’ after sharing racist cartoons and messages on Facebook.

One included a picture of a nuclear weapon exploding emblazoned with the message: ‘Some cancers need to be treated with radiation, Islam is one of them’.

He also shared an image of a Muslim being roasted over a pile of burning Korans, as well as several anti-Semitic outbursts linking the Rothschild banking dynasty to Adolf Hitler.

In one comment he said in reference to Muslim women: ‘Hang um all first then ask questions later.’

The councillor from Stourport, Worcestershire, has apologised to residents and party colleagues for his ‘stupid’ actions.

But he denied being racist and claimed he had shared the material to expose the ‘unacceptable’ views they contained.

He said: ‘I thought I could handle politics, but I can’t – I don’t see how I can possibly carry on.

‘I’m not a racist, all my friends know me better than that.

‘What I wrote was stupid, but it wasn’t racist. I am not racist. I’m the only white guy on my local five-a-side football team.

‘I wanted to show people this is bad, this is wrong. What I should have done is write something on them about how bad it is but I didn’t.

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