Orthodox Jewish candidate running for Ukip’s Manchester mayor

When it comes to Ukip, I’m prepared to say that everyone in  the UK has an opinion, an idea of what they are like, what they want, and how they operate.

So the chance to speak to the Ukip Manchester mayoral candidate for the New screen-shot-2017-02-05-at-15-27-08Statesman was an interesting one insofar as I was pretty sure of what I would find.

But Shneur Odze is not merely one of the ‘racists in blazers’ (his term) that Nigel Farage was long seen as the figurehead of.

Not least because, as an Orthodox Jew, his cultural background is different to so many of his party colleagues.

But is Odze a fig leaf for the party to don in reaction to accusations of racism and anti-semitism?

Or is he an indicator that Ukip has the power to become an opposition party in the UK parliament?

Read about his motivations and judge for yourself.

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