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Ukip Members Banned From Using Logo On Facebook And Twitter After Series Of Social Media Gaffes

22/12/2014 12:36 GMT | Updated 22/12/2014 12:59 GMT

Ukip have responded to a series of social media gaffes by banning members from using its logo without written consent.

The party's chairman, Steve Crowther, has even gone a step further and advised them against sites like Facebook and Twitter altogether.

A new copy of the party's constitution was revealed to The Observer, which states: "party members shall refrain from using the Ukip logo in terms of their online postings, including avatars, unless they have express written consent to do so."

Ukip's year has been blighted by social media scandals, from William Henwood's comments about Lenny Henry to mistaking Westminster Cathedral for a mosque and Julia Reid wanting to ban Islam.

Crowther issued a warning to members thinking about using social media: "My advice: just don't.

"I have no Facebook page, Twitter account or Instagram thingy. It’s lovely."

In addition to high-profile figures such as André Lampitt tweeting racist or homophobic remarks, the changes to the Ukip constitution aim to tackle a growing problem of low-level supporters hampering the party's image.

Immediate suspension is threatened as a punishment for "embarrassing" the party.