London mayoral candidate demands 'Europhobia' is made a CRIMINAL offence

Millionaire aristocrat and property developer John Zylinski said ‘Duma Polska: Polish Pride’ would aim to represent Britain’s EU citizens and would field up to 100 candidates in London during the elections in May, targeting boroughs with large Polish populations including Ealing, Barnet and Merton.

There are around 500,000 Polish migrants in London and the same number from European countries such as Bulgaria, Slovakia and Hungary, who Mr Zylinski plans to court as supporters. 

One of Mr Zylinski’s headline policies include calling for Europhobia – dislike towards Europe, Europeans or the EU – to be made a criminal offence in a bid to specifically fight hate crimes over Brexit.

The prince also wants to provide a voice to all EU citizens who he claims are struggling to gain employment since the Brexit vote in 2016 due to continued concerns about their right to remain in the UK. 

Mr Zylinski, who challenged Nigel Farage to a sword duel in 2015 over his anti-immigration views, wants his party to fight for the rights of Poles and other minorities whilst calling for all EU “newcomers” legally resident in the UK to be granted full British citizenship.

The prince failed in his bid to become London Mayor in 2016 after finishing in 11th place, winning 38,000 votes – 70 percent of which were cast by non-Polish voters. 

Mr Zylinski said: “The Poles are Britain’s closest allies. 

“The Battle of Britain was being lost until the Polish pilots arrived. 

“Yet we have virtually no political representation in the UK.

“I intend to fight for the rights all minorities. 

“Nigel Farage and Ukip should be ashamed of the divisions that they have created within the UK, and I want all people to feel safe ahead of Brexit.

“I intend to field up to 100 candidates in targeted wards in London where candidates can win seats by polling little more than 2,000 votes.

“I believe we can achieve this by appealing not only to Poles, but by gaining broad support from all voters who back our call for respect for all minorities.”

The mayoral candidate also called for a “huge memorial to the Polish pilots who saved this country in the Battle of Britain”. 

Tory peers Lords Michael Ashcroft and Norman Tebbit have both backed a £1 million memorial to be built in Hyde Park for the 140-plus Polish pilots that fought in the battle.

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