• "Years after we first called for Sikhs to have the right to wear their Kirpans (ceremonial knife) when visiting their elected representatives, the European Parliament maintains its ban", said Derek Clark UKIP Euro MP for the East Midlands.
"This is a gross insult to a law abiding community and is in effect religious discrimination."
"For well over a century Sikhs have fought and died with us for our freedoms and it is a disgrace that we do not allow them theirs", he went on.
"The European Union pretends to believe in human rights, tolerance and so on, but its actions prove this to be so many hollow words"
Gawain Towler, Press Officer, UK Independence Party, PPC Dorset North; +44 (0) 7879339509