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Emulate Hitler's style, says Ukip MP Bill Etheridge

By Oliver Wright

A Euro MP with the UK Independence Party has advised prospective party candidates to emulate Hitler's speaking style and described the Nazi dictator as a "magnetic and forceful" performer who "achieved a great deal.

West Midlands MEP Bill Etheridge made the remarks at a seminar on public speaking during the Young Independence Conference in Birmingham.

But Ukip claimed that he was merely highlighting "great speakers of the past" including Churchill, Blair and Martin Luther King, whose style and not content should be studied. Mr Etheridge was recorded by The Mail on Sunday telling the class: "Look back to the most magnetic and forceful public speaker possibly in history.

"When Hitler gave speeches, and many of the famous ones were at rallies, at the start he walks, back and forth, looked at people – there was a silence, he waited minutes just looking out at people, fixing them with his gaze."

Labour MP Mike Gapes said: "I thought nothing could surprise me any more, but this just goes to show Farage has completely failed to clean up his party."

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