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A UKIP Candidate Wants To Stop The Unemployed From Driving

"These people really could catch a bus," according to a UKIP campaign leaflet.

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People on benefits should be prevented from driving and cyclists shouldn't be allowed on the roads, according to a leaflet distributed by a UKIP candidate.

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It was sent out by UKIP councillor Lynton Yates, who is standing as a parliamentary candidate for the party in the Charnwood constituency in Leicestershire.

The leaflet, posted by the Mum Juice blog on Facebook, asks "why do [benefit claimants] have the privilege to spend the tax payers hard earned money on a car" and suggests they just "catch a bus".

It also says that cyclists should "go back to the pavements".

The leaflet has been sent out over the past week throughout the Charnwood area, according to other local residents.

UKIP election leaflet, Charnwood constituency: 'Cyclists should go back [sic] to the pavements yet give priority to pedestrians' (1/2)

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UKIP election leaflet, Charnwood constituency: 'Cyclists should go back [sic] to the pavements yet give priority to pedestrians' (1/2)

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UKIP election leaflet Charnwood constituency: We could likely [sic] remove 6m cars from the road if benefit claimants were not driving (2/2)

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UKIP election leaflet Charnwood constituency: We could likely [sic] remove 6m cars from the road if benefit claimants were not driving (2/2)

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A UKIP spokesman disowned the statements, and told BuzzFeed News: "These are not UKIP policies and they will not form part of the UKIP manifesto."‚Äč

Yates did not return repeated requests for comment, but has told The Mirror:

"I'm sure people will say 'what if they've got a job interview'. Well I'm sure if you had nothing to do you could leave a bit earlier and get a bus."

Jamie Ross is a Scotland reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Edinburgh.

Contact Jamie Ross at jamie.ross@buzzfeed.com.

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