- Text messages were sent to members of the Muslim community in Stoke Central
- It demanded that they voted for Gareth Snell or face the consequences in hell
- Controversial messages were sent by local Labour activist Navid Hussain
- That's despite the Lib Dems having a Muslim candidate, who has reported texts
Muslim voters in Stoke are being warned they will go to hell unless they vote Labour at the upcoming by-election.
The text message was sent to members of the seven percent Muslim community in Stoke Central and demanded that they vote for Labour's Gareth Snell, in a bid to stop Ukip from winning.
The controversial text, which has been circulated via WhatsApp by Labour activist Navid Hussain, even states that voting for the Liberal Democrats' Muslim candidate, Dr Zulfiqar Ali, will result in the 'anti-Islamic Ukip'.
The controversial text, which has been circulated via WhatsApp by Labour activist Navid Hussain (pictured with Gareth Snell), even states that voting for the Liberal Democrats' Muslim candidate, Dr Zulfiqar Ali, will result in the 'anti-Islamic Ukip'
Mr Hussain, who has posed with Mr Snell and Jeremy Corbyn for pictures on social media, also wrote a message on Facebook, which said: 'Any vote for Dr Ali (Lib Dems) is the same as voting for UKIP
It rants: 'Will you be able to answer for this in the Grave and on the Final Day??? "I helped the Enemies of Islam because…"'
The message was received by local Ukip activist Tariq Mahmood, who described the attack on his party and candidate Paul Nuttall as 'outrageous' to The Sun.
The Lib Dems have reported the texts to the police and elections watchdog.
Their leader Tim Farron said: 'It is worrying and quite serious as it seeks to persuade people on the basis of religious pressure rather than political opinion.
'In the UK this is an illegal activity and strictly prohibited under election law.'
Mr Hussain, who has posed with Mr Snell and Jeremy Corbyn for pictures on social media, also wrote a message on Facebook, which said: 'Any vote for Dr Ali (Lib Dems) is the same as voting for UKIP.'
The message was received by local Ukip activist Tariq Mahmood, who described the attack on his party and candidate Paul Nuttall (pictured) as 'outrageous'
Ahead of next Thursday's election, a Labour spokesman said it was 'not aware' of the messages and 'do not condone the content'.
The by-election is taking place after Labour MP Tristram Hunt quit the party to take a job as a museum boss.
The latest controversy comes after it Mr Snell was engulfed in a sexism row following a series of tweets emerged where he ranted at 'b****y,' 'annoying' and 'stupid' women online.
The tweets show the Labour candidate used to post regular angry comments targeting women on TV.
He hit out at a 'speccy blonde girl' on the 2010 Apprentice as 'f***ing annoying, adding: 'Here's an idea for you, why don't you p*** off.'
UKIP leader and Stoke Central by-election candidate Paul Nuttall gestures after a news conference in Stoke earlier this week
Labour's candidate for the Stoke-on-Trent Central by-election, Gareth Snell, campaigns on the doorsteps of homes in Bentilee on February 8
During the following week's episode he posted another outburst of anger, writing on Twitter: 'Squabbling sour faced ladies on my TV. Is this the #apprentice or Loose Women.'
Mr Snell issued an apology today after his tweets came to light, insisting he now regrets posting them.
He also singled out women for criticism on other TV shows, including the X Factor.
The Labour candidate, a Staffordshire councillor, suggested the public should 'publicly rate' judge Dannii Minogue's talent and 'then we'd see how b***y she wants to be'.
While watching BBC Question Time he hit out at a 'stupid woman' who appeared on the show.
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