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Ukip hopeful suspended in cars row

A Ukip parliamentary hopeful has been suspended as a candidate over a leaflet calling for welfare claimants to be banned from driving to free up space on the roads.

The eurosceptic party's high command took the action after Lynton Yates sent out a campaign flyer suggesting people on benefits "could really catch a bus" and that keeping them away from the wheel would "likely remove six million cars from the road".

Cyclists should also be stopped from using the roads and "go back to the pavements" to ease congestion, the publicity material also said.

Former Conservative Mr Yates remains one of Ukip's Leicestershire county councillors and a member of the party but his candidacy to fight the Charnwood seat at the general election has been halted.

The leaflet said: "We could likely remove six million cars from the road if benefit claimants were not driving.

"Why do they have the privilege to spend the taxpayers' hard-earned money on a car, when those in work are struggling to keep their own car on the road? These people could really catch a bus!"

A Ukip spokesman said: "Lynton Yates views do not represent Ukip policy.

"He has apologised for any offence caused and was today suspended as a candidate."

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