Ukip members sent ‘mind-broadening’ reading after bookshop attack

Index on Censorship gives books promoting tolerance to trio suspended from party after attack on Bookmarks in London

Free speech campaigners have sent books including The Handmaid’s Tale, The Color Purple and the Qur’an to the three Ukip members who attacked a socialist bookshop in London to “introduce them to different ideas”.

Bookmarks in Bloomsbury was attacked by 12 people – one of whom was wearing a Donald Trump mask – just before it closed on Saturday. The group chanted far-right slogans, knocked over displays, ripped up magazines, and intimidated the two members of staff who were there. Ukip later said that three of its members, Elizabeth Jones, Luke Nash-Jones and Martin Costello had been suspended, pending an investigation into the incident.

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