John Wilkinson, Rotherham UKIP, statement in full:
“Let’s be clear: the ‘Guardian’ and others have got it wrong.
Caven Vines has never been a member of the BNP.
Any working relationship with Marlene Guest finished years ago. At the time Mr Vines was on Council Watch with her it should be noted that he was an Independent councillor and she was a Lib-Dem. After working with her over 10 years ago is it wrong to speak to her when meeting in public – at the count for instance?
Just so you all know.”
Agent for Caven Vines UKIP candidate for Rawmarsh ward.