MP demands apology in letter to Labour leader

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Wyre MP Ben Wallace today called on Labour leader Ed Miliband to take action against a Labour candidate who accused Winston Churchill of being a “racist and white supremacist.”

Benjamin Whittingham, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for the Wyre and Preston North seat at the next General Election, made the comment on Twitter in response to moves to feature the former Prime Minister on the new £5 note.

Mr Whittingham, a former special constable who studied modern languages at Edinburgh University, tweeted: “Bit disappointed Churchill is on the new £5 given he was a racist and white supremacist. Can’t go into the future with a foot in the past.”

Mr Wallace has written to Mr Miliband demanding Mr Whittingham retract the 
comments and apologise.

He said: “Mr Whittingham should also maybe go and speak to some veterans, and then he might be more humble and he might understand a bit more about history.”

Mr Wallace, who himself served in the Army, added: “Politics should be about 
ideas and argument not 
ignorant sneers.

“Winston Churchill was 
often a lone voice in Parliament demanding that Britain stand up to the Nazis – the true white supremacists.

“The Labour candidate should apologise to the Churchill family and all those that stood by Winston Churchill during the dark days of the Second World War.”

Mr Whittingham was not available for comment.

A Labour spokesperson said:“This comment does not represent the view of the Labour Party. He apologises 
unreservedly if it has caused any offence.”