Mosque's election mural breaches rules
Mosque's election mural breaches rules YouTube

An election candidate who painted a mosque dome in a bid to stop Nigel Farage has landed in hot water.

Nigel Askew plastered the rounded structure in east London with green paint and the slogan "vote for hope".

He is running against the Ukip leader in the Kent seat of South Thanet for the Reality Party, founded by Happy Mondays dancer Bez.

But his bold and bright advert on Shacklewell Lane Mosque, Dalston, has fallen foul of charity rules governing neutrality in politics and charity chiefs have ordered it to be pulled down.

Explaining the advert, Askew said: "The media and parties like Ukip portray all Muslims as fundamentalists, and I don't feel there's a party that's adequately addressing that issue.

"This is a message of unity in the community, this might not get votes in Thanet, but it is a message telling people here that this is what we believe in. Farage has really divided the community in a really terrible way, I've never seen so much hatred."

He got permission from the owner of the mosque, but not from the UK Islamic Trust, a charity which is headquartered at the site.

A Charity Commission spokesman insisted the slogan endorsing Askew had to be removed "as a matter of urgency."