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  Leader of Nigel Farage-backed Brexit Party resigns over anti-Islam messages
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News DateWednesday, March 20, 2019 04:50:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionThe leader of a new pro-Brexit party backed by Nigel Farage quit Wednesday over a series of anti-Islam Twitter messages sent from her account.

Catherine Blaiklock retweeted posts from far-right figures and also posted anti-Muslim statements herself.

According to the Guardian, among the messages she shared was one by Mark Collett, a former British National Party activist, referring to “white genocide.” One of Blaiklock's own messages read: “Islam = submission – mostly to raping men it seems” (sent in response to a post by David Vance, founder of the far-right website AltNewsMedia).

The tweets were sent between 2017 and this year, and were posted from an account that Blaiklock deleted after she co-founded the Brexit Party. They were uncovered by researchers from Hope Not Hate, which monitors the far right.

Blaiklock told the Guardian: “The out-of-character comments that I made on social media some time ago were unacceptable in tone and content. After speaking to Nigel Farage, I realise that my comments fall well short of what is expected in any walk of life.
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