Ukip youth strike back against Chuka Umunna
Young Ukip supporters have taken to social media after politician suggests 'disconnect' between voters and computers
Ukip supporters have launched an online campaign against Labour's business spokesman Chuka Umunna after he suggested many party members are "unable to perform basic tasks on the computer".
During an appearance on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show, Umunna claimed that there were many "communities who've been disconnected from our global economy" in England due to technological ignorance. He followed by saying "a lot" of people in such areas were "voting for Ukip in the local and European elections".
Shortly afterwards, young Ukip supporters took to social media platforms to express their anger at what they saw as Umunna's slight.
According to the Daily Telegraph, Ukip's youth branch, Young Independence, urged members and supporters to "email Chuka to help him understand why people vote Ukip". There have also been protests on Twitter, where followers have rallied around the hashtag #emailchuka.
A 17-year-old Young Independence member, Dan Jukes, posted his email to Umunna on his Twitter page.
— Dan Jukes (@DanJukes17) June 22, 2014
In his letter, Jukes informed the secretary that he was "the user of three active email addresses" and drew attention to Labour's difficulties in engaging with voters online.
"I think it is important for you to know that Nigel Farage has more than 70,000 Twitter followers," he wrote, "that Ukip's Facebook page has more likes than Labour ... and we have the fastest growing Youth Wing in the country".
Umunna has not responded publicly to the email campaign.