The Conservative Party has suspended an adviser and is investigating allegations it secretly supported a far-right organization.
Tim Wills, city councilor for Worthing, West Sussex, is said to have been a supporter of Patriotic Alternative (PA), a racial nationalist group that seeks to oust ethnic minorities from the UK.
During discussions on an AP channel of social media app Telegram, he reportedly called for the promotion of conspiracy theories such as the “white genocide” and urged the group to “infiltrate and influence those in power. “.
Calls to expel Wills from the Conservative Party were led by anti-racist campaign group Hope Not Hate, which released the results of an investigation into him as Boris Johnson addressed his party’s annual conference on Wednesday .
“It is frankly odious that an adviser representing the Conservative Party in Worthing not only actively supports Patriotic Alternative – an anti-Semitic white nationalist organization – but openly endorsed racist conspiracy theories,” said Nick Lowles, CEO of Hope Not Hate .
âIt is clear that Tim Wills should be immediately kicked out of the Conservative Party and lose the whip as an adviser, but it is also time for the Conservative Party, as a government party, to take serious action to deal with the threat of right-wing extremism in its ranks.
Wills did not respond to the Guardian’s attempts to contact him about the allegations. A spokesperson for the Conservative Party said: “Cllr Tim Wills has been suspended pending the outcome of an investigation.”
Hope Not Hate’s investigation revealed messages, believed to have come from Wills, endorsing the “white genocide” conspiracy theory, which suggests genocide is being perpetrated against whites through mass immigration. and cultural suppression.
âMy point of view is that Covid is a generator of losses for us, we just need to focus on the white genocide [â¦] because many of our white race are convinced of vaccines, but not of our replacement, âWills reportedly wrote on a social network under a different name.
In another, he reportedly urged his colleagues to “remember the 14 words,” a reference to the 14-word white supremacist slogan: “We must ensure the existence of our people and a future for white children.”
Wills is listed on the Adur and Worthing Councils website as a political adviser to a member of the local authority executive, as a member of five committees and as a member of the association Charity Action in rural Sussex.
The PA has been particularly active in rural areas, avoiding electoral politics and street protests to focus on conservation and other tactics.
The complaints against Wills come as the Conservative Party faces allegations of persisting Islamophobia within its ranks. In May, a long-awaited examination of Islamophobia within conservatives was condemned as laundering by Muslim conservatives despite criticism of the language used by Boris Johnson and of the mayoral campaign led by Zac Goldsmith for insensitivity.