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Politics on the menu at South Yorkshire chippy

David and Chris Wood, father and son UKIP candidates and the team behind Woody's chip shop in Barnsley.

David and Chris Wood, father and son UKIP candidates and the team behind Woody's chip shop in Barnsley.

  • by Ellen Beardmore Political Reporter
 

It’s not the kind of plaice you’d expect to find a political debate.

But a chip shop in Barnsley has become the unlikely location for a discussion about democracy.

A customer of Woody’s, which has four fish and chip shops, has boycotted them and called staff ‘scum’ online after learning three were standing as UKIP candidates in the local elections.

Owner David Wood, son Chris and his girlfriend Anisa Cola are all hoping for Barnsley Council seats on May 22.

Manager Chris said they had tried to keep politics and business separate but were stunned by Facebook review.

The Penistone East candidate, aged 27, added: “It just made us wonder if it was right to boycott businesses because of their political stance – apparently it is quite a popular thing in America.

“It’s a good thing people are still passionate about politics, but calling us scum was crossing the line.

“Obviously there are different points of view but this is the wrong way to disagree with us.”

The debate online has now covered freedom of speech, immigration and the EU in a post nicknamed ‘fish, chips and politics.’

The family, of Penistone, said they had heard from people worried they might be sacked if they voted for the controversial party.

Penistone West candidate David added: “In Penistone someone told me that as much as they would like to vote for UKIP, if they did they would be sacked.

“It’s silly, everyone is entitled to his vote.”

The 57-year-old added: “I am not bothered about what people think of me and our fish and chips.

“I’m interested about what I believe in and I believe it can’t go on as it is.”

 

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