The Conservative candidate who has allegedly been in discussion with the EDL is expected to be removed from the party within the next 48 hours.
Afzal Amin was revealed by the Mail on Sunday of having allegedly discussed plans with the English Defence League to stage a march in his prospective constituency of Dudley North. The march would have been cancelled, with the plan for the former army captain to take credit for defusing conflict.
The transcription was revealed to the Mail on Sunday after former EDL leader, Tommy Robinson, leaked information to the press regarding Amin’s involvement with the organisation as well as alleged footage of Amin discussing the proposal of the march.
In an interview conducted by the BBC, Amin claims that the idea of the march was brought forward by the English Defence League. He then goes on to say that the march aimed to be a “catalyst to bring people together” and that it was a way to encourage negotiation and discussion within the constituency.
Despite numerous allegations, Amin continues to deny the extent of his involvement in the plot, something that could impact upon the decision that will need to be made at a hearing scheduled for Tuesday.
Amin told the Today programme: “I have got to make my case on Tuesday to the Conservative party. I want to make a robust defence of my actions and I want to assure the party that I am a loyal party member and a party supporter. I look forward to seeing a Conservative victory in May.”
As a party who are concerned with their ability to gain votes from ethnic minority communities, the release of this story could drastically impact upon the Conservative’s chances of gaining votes within this constituency and many like it.
Following the suspension and expected removal of Afzal Amin from the party, the Conservatives will need to find a replacement by the end of the week.