REFORM UK leader Nigel Farage has said he wants ‘nothing to do’ with Barnsley North candidate Robert Lomas following his controversial comments.

It has previously been reported that Lomas had said that ‘black people of Britain should get off their lazy arses and stop acting like savages’.

He did not respond to the Chronicle when asked to comment on his wording.

Farage campaigned in Barnsley earlier this month alongside the Barnsley South candidate David White - but Lomas was not involved.

When asked at the time about Lomas’ comments, Farage claimed he had only just been made aware of the allegations.

In a BBC Question Time special on Friday night, Farage said: “I inherited this.

“It was a start up party, I paid a London vetting company to weed this out and the work wasn’t done.”

Asked whether he supports Lomas, and two other candidates who have been found to have made derogatory and racist comments, he said: “I want nothing to do with them.”