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(not satire – it’s the UKIP!)

Several UKIP MEPs have close links to extremist right-wing groups in the US, including one particularly disquieting lobbying group called the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

ALEC is already known for its strong campaigning in favour of oil producers and against climate change:

American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) – Greenpeace.

But ALEC is also responsible for introducing legislation in the US which bans the teaching of evolution in schools and forces science teachers to teach creationism to children:

Tennessee Skewers Teaching of Evolution in Schools — Is Your State Next?

And shockingly, at least three UKIP MEPs – Janice Atkinson, Bill Etheridge and Roger Helmer – have VERY close links to ALEC.

Here you can see an official letter from ALEC which includes the three MEPs’ signatures at the bottom.

And UKIP MEP Roger Helmer once received an award from ALEC (from ALEC’s website):

helmer ALEC

On Helmer’s own website, he openly boasts about his links to ALEC too:

Helmer ALEC 1


Make no mistake – UKIP might be doing a good job of covering it up at the moment – but there are some VERY extreme and worryingly un-British views lurking at the heart of the party.

And these kinds of extremist views should have no place in any mainstream political party in the UK.


For some more details about UKIP’s links to ALEC, see this excellent article from the Ecologist:

UKIP uncut – acoloytes of America’s far-right corporate gunslingers


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