UKIP voters boycott Sheffield greengrocers in bizarre immigration row

The New Roots fruit and vegetable shop on Glossop Road which is displaying a 'Farage is a Banker' poster in the shop window. From left, Dave Westley, Dave Judge, Ella Wildin and Kirsty Moyse

The New Roots fruit and vegetable shop on Glossop Road which is displaying a 'Farage is a Banker' poster in the shop window. From left, Dave Westley, Dave Judge, Ella Wildin and Kirsty Moyse

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A charitable Sheffield greengrocer has been boycotted by UKIP voters - after it put up a sign saying it disagreed with party views on immigration.

New Roots on Glossop Road, Broomhill, uses its proceeds to support homeless people and asylum seekers and displayed a poster which read ‘Farage is a banker, no to scape-goating, immigrants are welcome here’ in the window.

Volunteers received a letter saying UKIP party leader Nigel Farage ‘speaks the truth’ and voters ‘will not be visiting your shop again.’

A second letter said supporters would call in to ask for a UKIP poster to go up alongside the ‘insulting’ one.

David Westley, volunteer at the not-for-profit store, said: “We were waiting to talk to them but they never came in.

“We disagree with what UKIP are saying about immigration and feel immigrants are being scape-goated when they are not to blame.”

The shop sells fruit, vegetables and ethical whole foods, with proceeds going to the charity Assist.

Volunteers have now put up a new poster about immigration.

David added: “It is worth highlighting members of a political party which claims to put UK people first are damaging a grassroots community aid program using intimidation.”

A party spokesman said it was ‘completely false’ it used intimidation adding: “We are not in the business of scare mongering or misleading.”

She said the party was not against immigration, but uncontrolled immigration ‘putting pressure’ on schools and the NHS.

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