Ban Jobless From Driving

22 January 2015, 07:20 | Updated: 30 March 2016, 13:50

A Ukip parliamentary candidate in Leicestershire has sent out a leaflet saying unemployed people should be banned from driving to ease traffic on Britain's roads.

Lynton Yates, who's going for a seat in Charnwood, also wants cyclists to ride on the pavement but give way to pedestrians.

'Catch a bus'

The campaign flyer sent out by Lynton Yates said people on benefits 'could really catch a bus' and banning them from driving would 'likely remove six million cars from the road'.

Former Conservative Mr Yates is one of the Ukip's Leicestershire county councillors and is to fight the Charnwood seat at the general election in May.

The leaflet said:

'We could likely remove six million cars from the road if benefit claimants were not driving.

'Why do they have the privilege to spend the taxpayers' hard-earned money on a car, when those in work are struggling to keep their own car on the road? These people could really catch a bus!'

'Stag night out of control'

Labour MP Mr Reed said:

'It's beyond a joke now. Not so much a political party but a stag night out of control.'

A Ukip spokesman said:

'These are not Ukip policies and they will not form part of the Ukip manifesto.'