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Askew, from the Reality party, was invited by trustee Ramadan Guney to paint Vote for Hope on the mosque and said that at the last minute he had been persuaded to add his own slogan Vote Nigel Askew Reality Party. Askew, who is a real pub landlord in the seat where comedian Al Murray is also standing as his character the Pub Landlord, said he was worried about growing Islamophobia. He and Guney had known each other for some years, Askew told the Guardian, and he was really taken with the message we have about living in a multicultural society. Askew added: The media and parties like Ukip portray all Muslims as fundamentalists, and I dont feel theres a party thats adequately addressing that issue. This is a message of unity in the community, this might not get votes in Thanet, but it is a message telling people here that this is what we believe in. Farage has really divided the community in a really terrible way, Ive never seen so much hatred. But the mosque is the headquarters of the UK Islamic Trust, a registered charity, and the Charity Commission says the mosque has been urgently contacted to remove the slogan. Charity Commission guidance on campaigning and political activity makes clear that a charity must not give its support to any political party or candidate and that all charities must ensure that their independence is maintained and perceptions of independence are not adversely affected, a spokesman said. The commission contacted the charity as a matter of urgency and we have been assured that immediate steps are being taken to remove the advert. We have reminded the trustees of their duties and are in continued correspondence in order to assess whether any further action is necessary. Askew called it a bit of an oversight and said his name was being removed from the slogan. The mosque werent too worried, but I said lets take the part down about voting for me. Then it just becomes a message of vote for hope. The candidate admitted the slogan had raised some eyebrows among worshippers.

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Lord Bramall He spent nearly two hours at the police station during which he answered questions. He was not arrested. Lord Bramall told the BBC he had no comment to make. The 91-year-old was questioned as part of Operation Midland. It is examining allegations that boys were abused by a group of powerful men from politics, the military and law enforcement agencies at locations across southern England and in London in the 1970s and 1980s. It has focused on the Dolphin Square estate in Pimlico, south-west London. Scotland Yard said Lord Bramall would not be subject to any police bail conditions. 'Absolute rubbish' Following a search of his house in March , Lord Bramall said: "Categorically, never have I had a connection or anything to do with the matters being investigated. "It is not in my character or my psyche." Allegations he was involved in child abuse were "absolutely a load of rubbish", he added at the time.

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