Farage’s star can­di­date is ‘apol­o­gist for the IRA’

War­ring­ton bomb vic­tim’s father says Brexit Party re­cruit STILL re­fuses to con­demn at­tack which killed his 12-year-old son

Daily Mail - - News - By Si­mon Wal­ters

NIGEL Farage was urged to sack one of his star Euro elec­tion can­di­dates last night af­ter the father of a 12-year-old boy mur­dered by the IRA claimed she had re­fused to con­demn the ter­ror group.

Colin Parry said the Brexit Party’s Claire Fox did not ‘dis­avow her of­fen­sive views’ when he chal­lenged her.

Miss Fox is stand­ing in North West Eng­land, which in­cludes War­ring­ton – where Mr Parry’s son Tim was killed when the IRA bombed the town in 1993.

Mr Parry called on Brexit Party leader Mr Farage to sack Miss Fox be­fore the Euro­pean elec­tions on May 23.

Pres­sure on Mr Farage grew as an­other North West Eng­land can­di­date, Sally Bate, quit the party say­ing she could not stand on the same plat­form as Miss Fox. The crisis erupted af­ter Mr Parry called Miss Fox an ‘IRA apol­o­gist’ on Twit­ter. He spoke out when it emerged that the Revo­lu­tion­ary Com­mu­nist Party (RCP), of which Miss Fox was a lead­ing fig­ure at the time, had de­fended ‘the right of the Ir­ish peo­ple to take what­ever mea­sures are nec­es­sary in their strug­gle for free­dom’ af­ter the bomb­ing.

Tim Parry was buy­ing a Mother’s Day present when the ter­ror­ists det­o­nated two bombs hid­den in lit­ter bins in the town cen­tre.

He died in his mother Wendy’s arms five days later. Johnathan Ball, aged three, was also killed and dozens in­jured.

Mr Parry told the Daily Mail Miss Fox had re­peat­edly re­fused to con­demn the IRA’s ac­tions in a ten-minute phone call with him on Wed­nes­day. He asked her to ‘apol­o­gise for the way that her or­gan­i­sa­tion the RCP and she her­self tried to jus­tify the IRA bomb­ing.’

‘She kept telling me the words she used rep­re­sented her be­liefs at the time and her pol­i­tics were dif­fer­ent now. I told her I wanted her to tell me, “Yes I re­nounce those views now and I am sorry for hav­ing held them”. She talked about ev­ery­thing else but this, leav­ing us to go round in cir­cles for ten min­utes. I asked her four or five times to dis­avow her com­ments but to no avail.’

Mr Parry was ‘out­raged’ Miss Fox thought she was fit to rep­re­sent a town ‘whose heart was ripped out by the IRA’. He added: ‘If she wins a seat, she will have no re­spect from the peo­ple of War­ring­ton and my ad­vice to her is to stand down now. If she re­fused, Mr Farage should fire her. He may not have known Miss Fox’s ab­hor­rent views when she was se­lected but he does now.

‘It is grossly in­sen­si­tive and in­ap­pro­pri­ate for him to field her in War­ring­ton and strangely at odds with the image he presents of him­self as a patriot. Now he knows the truth he should ask her to step aside or force her to do so.’

When Miss Fox of­fered to meet Mr Parry and his wife af­ter the elec­tion at War­ring­ton’s Tim Parry

‘In­sen­si­tive and in­ap­pro­pri­ate’

Johnathan Ball Peace Foun­da­tion set up to hon­our their son’s mem­ory, he told her: ‘You are wel­come to come but I will ask you ex­actly the same ques­tion when you do.’

Miss Bate, who is from War­ring­ton, said she could not stand on a Brexit ticket along­side Miss Fox be­cause of her re­fusal to ‘cat­e­gor­i­cally con­demn the vi­o­lence in­flicted by the IRA’. She added: ‘I stand with Colin Parry and all vic­tims of the War­ring­ton bomb.’

Miss Fox said her po­lit­i­cal views were well known and she had ‘never sought to dis­guise them’. She de­nied she was ‘in­sen­si­tive to the pain and suf­fer­ing caused by the bomb’ and praised Mr Parry’s ‘com­pas­sion and dig­nity’.

Dan Price, a can­di­date for Change UK, said: ‘Mr Farage has mis­judged the mood. War­ring­ton is united against ter­ror­ism and it is un­think­able that some­one like Claire Fox should be its MEP.’

A spokesman for Mr Farage de­clined to com­ment on the call to sack Miss Fox. The spokesman said Miss Fox ‘does not con­done the use of vi­o­lence’. The party was sorry Miss Bate had re­signed.

Left: Claire Fox and Nigel Farage: Above: Colin Parry with his son Tim who died

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