'Vote UKIP, get Ebola' storm over MP Grant Shapps' comments
PUBLISHED: 17:20 13 October 2014 | UPDATED: 10:24 14 October 2014
Tory Party Chairman and Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps has been panned for appearing to link voting UKIP to increasing the risk of Ebola.
Mr Shapps made the remarks on BBC Breakfast on Friday as he reacted to UKIP gaining its first elected MP, Conservative Party defector Douglas Carswell.
He told the BBC’s Naga Munchetty: “A vote for UKIP is a vote for Ed Miliband and it is not just me saying that, I see a Labour MP has come out this morning and admitted that that is the case, and that has consequences.
“We live in very uncertain times with what’s going on with ISIL, what’s going on with Ebola at home and with the economic recovery where this country is actually growing faster than the rest of the western world.
“All of that will be put at risk with an Ed Miliband Prime Ministership and the UKIP result makes that more likely and that is something that people should and need to know.”
Arthur Stevens, who is set to stand for UKIP in Welwyn Hatfield at the General Election next year said: “Its part of the same old mantra isn’t it, ‘vote UKIP, get Labour’, but if just 618 Tory voters had voted UKIP in Heywood and Middleton, we’d have one less Labour MP.”
Asked about the Ebola and ISIL comments Mr Stevens said: “I’m not going down to that level.
But Mr Shapps was slammed on Twitter for appearing to link the party to the terrorist group and the deadly disease.
@crispinhjones wrote: “Grant Shapps seems to have said ‘Vote UKIP, get Ebola’. Really?”
And @ClareTickell added: “Grant Shapps linking ISIL & Ebola with the consequences of inadvertently putting Labour into government by voting UKIP @BBCBreakfast.