Tory candidate's cheatful attempt to gain votes!! Watch
Afzal Amin hatched a scheme to persuade the English Defence League to announce an inflammatory march against a new £18million ‘mega-mosque’. But – as he revealed in secretly filmed footage obtained by The Mail on Sunday – the plan was that the demonstration would never actually go ahead.
And when the phoney rally was called off, the fiercely ambitious Amin, a Muslim, intended to take credit for defusing the situation – winning over voters, and police, in the marginal seat of Dudley North.
In return for going along with the scheme, the former Army captain promised the EDL members he would be their ‘unshakeable ally’ who would help bring their extreme views into the mainstream if he was elected to Parliament.
Amin also wanted EDL members to be paid to canvass on his behalf in Dudley – against election law.
But his devious plot was secretly filmed by former EDL leader Tommy Robinson, who blew the whistle on Amin’s scheme because he objected to being used as a pawn in his bizarre power game.
Amin, who has been described on his Tory Party website as a former Army education officer to Princes William and Harry, outlined his plan at an Indian restaurant in Birmingham on Monday.
There he made an apparent offer to Robinson and current EDL chairman Steve Eddowes to covertly pay EDL members to canvass on his behalf. But they were even more shocked by 40-year-old Amin proposing a phantom protest only weeks after a real demonstration in Dudley by 600 EDL supporters led to ugly flashpoints and 30 arrests.
In The Mail on Sunday’s sensational tapes Amin – who openly covets the Prime Minister’s job:
-Promises the plot will bring ‘EDL out of the shadows and into the mainstream political debate’.
-Claims that while serving as Harry and William’s education officer he headbutted a man in a hoodie whose ‘face exploded’.
-Replies to a question about whether he likes spicy food by saying: ‘No, I’m not a Paki, am I?’
At 6pm on Saturday, after Prime Minister David Cameron promised ‘swift, decisive action’ on the allegation, Tory Party chairman Grant Shapps suspended Amin from the party, pending an investigation.
A Tory spokesman said: ‘Following an emergency meeting, it has been decided unanimously to suspend him as a candidate with immediate effect. The Conservative Party views this as a matter of extremely serious concern.’
The ‘Currygate’ plot began in January with Amin’s first meeting with Eddowes and Robinson, who, despite leaving the EDL because of concerns about its violent reputation, remains close to many senior figures. At that meeting in a Toby Carvery, Amin genuinely tried to persuade the EDL leaders to call off their February protest, but in vain.
Eddowes, 48, recalled: ‘He had wanted us to cancel our protest against the super-mosque in Dudley that we had planned for February 7.
But at last Monday’s meeting, Eddowes said he was incredulous.
He said: ‘Tommy had told me that Afzal wanted to meet again and Tommy thought there was something underhand going on. He didn’t go into details.
One way of doing that is, if you were to announce a second march about the mosque… and then we have two meetings with the chief of police, members of the Muslim community, we all play our roles, you say “Yeah we’re going to do a march, we’re campaigning and so on”. We have a second meeting where things are a bit calmer then at the third one, we have a press conference where we say, “We were going to do a march. The chief police asked Afzal Amin, members of the Muslim community, we’ve sat together and… we’re going to work closely together”.
At that meeting, Amin explained how he wanted Robinson to pay EDL supporters to canvass on his behalf.
Eddowes said: ‘This was the same guy who had told us he wanted to be Prime Minister. It seemed entirely dishonest to me. The fake demonstration was fraudulently wasting the time of the authorities. Then he said he would pay our members to canvass for him at the Election. I don’t know if that’s legal but it didn’t seem right to me. It felt like he was trying to buy us off.
Ex-teacher Amin was brought up in the Black Country, joined the Army after 9/11 and trained at Sandhurst. He served three tours in Afghanistan and became captain in the Army’s education service, where he is said to have taught Princes Harry and William at Windsor.
Amin was the first ethnic minority candidate to be chosen to fight May’s election for the Tories, in the key battleground of Dudley North, which has a Labour majority of 649.
West Midlands Police said last night they had not been made aware of any future proposed demonstrations in Dudley by the EDL.
I think a scam involving postal votes from illegal immigrants would have suited Labour better.
I'm not a LibLabCon supporter so I'm fine there. I don't understand why poeple still vote LibLabCon.
As much as I'll give Labour a kicking, in reality they're not mental. They're not closet racists, they're not going to turn us into an isolated bastion of 1970s socialism.
When mainstream parties start talking about medical inflation and the GMS contract, or how to make ISAs work to encourage saving, or to make it that bit easier for people to own a home, or integration of health and social care, it turns people off. That's because those on the extremes are governed more by their passions than by making gradual and meaningful change.
This country is better to live in than it was ten years ago. In fact, you could say that about every decade from the Industrial Revolution onwards. That's something to celebrate, and it's the result of a rough consensus of people who accept basic fundamentals about society: that regulated capitalism works, that choice benefits those who use public services, that a reasonable safety net must be provided for the poorest and so on.
I wonder if the Daily Mail would have reported this had it been a white Tory candidate?
Some Muslims feels the only way they can get elected in our society and outdated parliamentary is through lies and manipulation.
Well don't you think some non-Muslims do the same thing? Do you think lies & manipulation is common in the Muslim community and will you blame Islam for it even though Islam opposes lies & manipulation?
In what way? How is it an embarrassment to British democracy? Please elaborate.