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William Henwood resigns from UKIP after offensive Lenny Henry comment

A Ukip council candidate has resigned from the party after making offensive comments about Dudley-born comedian Lenny Henry.


William Henwood, who suggested Henry should emigrate to a "black country", was due to stand for the party in next month's election in Enfield, north London.

The comments were seized upon by those who pointed out that as he was from the Black Country.

Mr Henwood, aged 66, was commenting on Mr Henry's calls for more people from ethnic minorities to be represented on TV.

A Ukip spokesman said Mr Henwood had resigned his membership of Ukip after it was "mutually agreed this would be the best course".

They added: "Mr Henwood's remarks about Lenny Henry caused enormous offence and Ukip MEP candidate for the West Midlands Bill Etheridge spoke for many in the party with his strong condemnation."

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