UKIP has defended one of its MEPs who allegedly advised prospective party candidates to learn from the speaking style of Adolf Hitler.
According to the Mail on Sunday, Bill Etheridge described the Nazi dictator as a "magnetic and forceful" performer who "achieved a great deal".
The West Midlands MEP spoke at a public speaking seminar at the Young Independence Conference in Birmingham.
UKIP said Mr Etheridge was discussing the style of great public speakers.
The newspaper says Mr Etheridge told the class: "Look back to the most magnetic and forceful public speaker possibly in history.
"When Hitler gave speeches, and many of the famous ones were at rallies, at the start he walks, back and forth, looked at people - there was a silence, he waited minutes just looking out at people, fixing them with his gaze.
"They were looking back and he would do it for a while. And then they were so desperate for him to start, when he started speaking they were hanging on his every word.
'I'm not saying direct copy - pick up little moments."
Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-28729098The UKIP apple didn't fall very far from the National Front tree.