A Punjab-origin former MP candidate who stood for the far-right UK Independence Party in May general elections has started his own single-issue political party, calling for the UK to throw open its borders to all.
Harjinder Singh, who attracted public and media interest during the last general election campaign after spending 13 hours a day waving at cars on a busy traffic junction, has now set up Open Borders Party.
At the time, he was standing as Euro-sceptic UK Independence Party’s (UKIP) parliamentary candidate for the safe Labour Party seat of Birmingham Perry Barr.
The ‘Asian Image’ reported that the 38-year-old bank worker and former Conservative party activist said he had joined UKIP because it was the only group offering withdrawal from the European Union and admitted he had been “a little bit naive” about its anti-immigrant policies.
He has now set up Open Borders Party, campaigning to open the UK’s doors to anyone without a criminal record or a contagious disease - so long as they pay an entry fee, and higher taxes.
Singh, who joined UKIP in 2014, told the newspaper: “There’s no perfect political party. I was a little bit naïve with regard to some of their (UKIP’s) other policies, as they’ve bolted some on, and those don’t represent me.”