Nigel Farage and Ukip “hate modern Britain” and have a “problem with race”, Chuka Umunna says in an interview with The Independent on Sunday.

The shadow business secretary, whose father was born in Nigeria, responded to the Ukip leader’s description of two of Ukip’s spokesmen as “fully black” and “half black” by saying there is a “virus of racism” that runs through Mr Farage’s party. Mr Umunna added that, by contrast, a Labour government would celebrate British multiculturalism and refuse to bow to “anti-immigration sentiment”, which, he said, had been whipped up by Ukip.

Mr Umunna was speaking during a visit to the Croydon Central constituency, where Labour’s candidate Sarah Jones is hoping to overturn a Conservative majority of 2,879 currently held by Gavin Barwell. He mounted a staunch defence of the benefits of immigration to the UK, although refused to condemn the Labour Party mug that trumpeted “Controls on Immigration”.Nigel Farage and Ukip “hate modern Britain” and have a “problem with race”, Chuka Umunna says in an interview with The Independent on Sunday.

The shadow business secretary, whose father was born in Nigeria, responded to the Ukip leader’s description of two of Ukip’s spokesmen as “fully black” and “half black” by saying there is a “virus of racism” that runs through Mr Farage’s party. Mr Umunna added that, by contrast, a Labour government would celebrate British multiculturalism and refuse to bow to “anti-immigration sentiment”, which, he said, had been whipped up by Ukip.

Mr Umunna was speaking during a visit to the Croydon Central constituency, where Labour’s candidate Sarah Jones is hoping to overturn a Conservative majority of 2,879 currently held by Gavin Barwell. He mounted a staunch defence of the benefits of immigration to the UK, although refused to condemn the Labour Party mug that trumpeted “Controls on Immigration”.Are you undecided about who to vote for on 7 May? Are you confused about what the parties stand for and what they are offering? Take this interactive quiz to help you decide who to vote foLast week, Mr Farage defended Ukip’s manifesto, which featured only one ethnic-minority person, saying the party had one spokesman who was “fully black” and another who was “half black”.

Responding to these remarks, Mr Umunna said: “I just think the guy’s got a problem with race. I’m just saying what I think. As a party they’ve got a problem with race. And I don’t think you can kick out racism from their party unless you have got a leadership which understands it and understands race in modern Britain.

“I have no truck with this notion that immigrants are to blame for all of the country’s problems. We saw people do that to black and Asian people like my father in the Sixties and Seventies, and now the group they’re trying to blame for all their problems are Eastern Europeans.”rLast week, Mr Farage defended Ukip’s manifesto, which featured only one ethnic-minority person, saying the party had one spokesman who was “fully black” and another who was “half black”.

Responding to these remarks, Mr Umunna said: “I just think the guy’s got a problem with race. I’m just saying what I think. As a party they’ve got a problem with race. And I don’t think you can kick out racism from their party unless you have got a leadership which understands it and understands race in modern Britain.

“I have no truck with this notion that immigrants are to blame for all of the country’s problems. We saw people do that to black and Asian people like my father in the Sixties and Seventies, and now the group they’re trying to blame for all their problems are Eastern Europeans.”So would he want that job if there were a vacancy? “I always remember the advice of my political mother Tessa Jowell on politics in general, which is just keep your feet firmly on the ground, remember it’s not about you, it’s about the party and the community that you represent and about your ideas that are going to change the nation.

“And I never expected to be an MP when I was growing up. There are very few people who look like me in politics, and I can’t quite believe that I may be lucky enough to be appointed, if Ed decides to appoint me, as business secretary – that will do meNick Clegg has warned Ed Miliband that he would not form a Labour-Lib Dem coalition that relied on any “life support” from the SNP, even under an informal arrangement, because Nicola Sturgeon wanted to “pull our country to bits”.

Yet the Deputy Prime Minister’s words to the Financial Times may be taken with a pinch of salt because political leaders say all sorts of things during election campaigns – and later do something else. Mr Clegg promised not to increase university tuition fees, in 2010, before signing up to it under the coalition. David Cameron, in the same campaign, promised he had “no plans” for a VAT rise, but his government’s first Budget increased the tax to 20 per cent.

The truth is there’s a lot of wishful thinking during election campaigns that is later crushed by reality. Faced with a break-up of his party, or being forced to stand down as leader, Mr Clegg might sign up to Lib-Lab minority government and redefine “life support” – in effect, no active deal with the SNP, but passively being backed by SNP MPs on a case-by-case basis..”

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