UKIP’s new by-election candidate Mark Reckless, who yesterday rocked the British political establishment with his high profile defection on the last day of UKIP conference, faced small scale protests today from far left extremists during a walkabout of his constituency with UKIP leader Nigel Farage.
Mr Reckless and Mr Farage were joined by UKIP supporters for a day of campaigning in the constituency of Rochester and Strood.
Whilst the former Tory MP was met with cheers and applause on the final day of the conference in Doncaster he met with quite a different reception in the town he, until yesterday, represented in Westminster.
Speaking exclusively to Breitbart London, Mr Farage told how Ukipers had gathered outside Rochester Castle and made their way to a local pub called The Crown.
“There was an organised protest by the Conservative Party,” Mr Farage said, “including Craig Mackinlay who lives in Rochester and who was beaten to the Conservative nomination by Mark Reckless.”
“Part of the extreme left who have been busy on social media after they were notified that I was in Rochester today decided to turn up.”
“Because of that I had to be removed quickly from the situation,” Mr Farage said, adding, “Kent Police were excellent”. He explained that the situation would not be taken any further.
There has been an anti-Farage group set up in South Thanet where the UKIP leader has been selected as the UKIP candidate.
At its core are members of the Socialist Worker Party and other left wing extremists who were involved in violent scenes earlier in the year which resulted in a magistrate finding Andrew Scott guilty of common assault.
Mr Farage and his security team have made it clear that they will continue to hold public events despite the threats of violence.