A schoolboy punished for backing UKIP has been treated like Jews were in Nazi Germany, the party leader claimed today.
Gerard Batten was branded "absurd and offensive" after comparing a teacher who dished out a detention in Essex with a regime that killed millions in the Holocaust.
The incident during last year’s general election was revealed by a caller to radio station LBC.
Paul from Loughton, Essex, said his 15-year-old was among three boys given a detention after saying "I’d vote for UKIP and I’m not racist."
Paul said the punishment was later scrapped after he complained.
Yet Mr Batten claimed: "This kind of thing used to happen in Nazi Germany when Jewish children were singled out for vilification.
"It’s happening because the teaching profession is under the domination of the extreme left who are the real fascists in modern day Britain."
Labour MP Stephen Doughty said: “People should be free to back whatever political party they like.
"But regardless of what happened in this case – and the rights and wrongs of the teacher’s alleged response – it’s simply absurd and offensive for the UKIP leader to have made this comparison.
“It’s also utter hypocrisy coming from the mouth of a man who has been happy to associate himself with far right extremists in recent weeks, and continue dragging UKIP even further into the absurd and offensive.”
Labour MP David Lammy said: "Six million Jews died in the holocaust. This is not comparable to a school detention."
Lib Dem MP Tom Brake said: "Free speech is the foundation of our democracy. Clearly no pupil should be punished for backing a legitimate political party.
“But it is absolutely abhorrent that the leader of UKIP could compare so insensitively this incident to the horrors the Jewish community faced during the Holocaust.
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"It is inexcusable.
"It is yet one more reason why it would be better for UKIP to appear in the history curriculum rather than current affairs.”
Yet Mr Batten insisted: "Sadly this is not a unique occurrence.
"UKIP people have told me that teachers have told their children that their parents ‘belong to a Nazi party’."
"One parent told me his son, the only white boy in his class, was singled out and the class was told, ‘this boy’s father belongs to a party that wants to send you all back where you came from’."
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