Former Ukip candidate and Pegida UK leader says ‘Muslims should not hold political power’ and claims Syrian refugees do not exist

A former Ukip candidate who now heads anti-immigration group Pegida UK has said Muslims should “not hold political power” in Britain.

Paul Weston, who will be leading a march through Birmingham on Saturday, also described all asylum seekers as “migrant invaders” and claimed “there is no such thing as a Syrian refugee”.