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UKIP names candidate for Sleaford and North Hykeham by-election

Ukip has selected a by-election candidate who was previously embroiled in controversy over remarks calling for immigrants to be "sent back".

Victoria Ayling, who will fight next month's Sleaford and North Hykeham contest for the party, was at the centre of a storm in 2013 after The Mail On Sunday reported it had seen a video from 2008 when she was seeking to stand as a Tory MEP candidate in which she discussed immigration and said: "I just want to send the lot back, but I can't say that."

She said the remarks had been taken out of context and she was only referring to illegal immigrants.

In 2010, Ms Ayling stood for the Tories in Great Grimsby, losing to Labour's Austin Mitchell by just 714 votes.

The Tories are defending a majority of 24,000 in the Lincolnshire by-election on December 8 caused by Stephen Phillips standing down after he raised doubts about the way Brexit is being handled.

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UKIP distance themselves from Katie Hopkins Aylan Kurdi comments

UKIP have moved to distance themselves from comments made by Katie Hopkins at their conference in Doncaster.

Controversial Hopkins claimed that a photo of drowned refugee boy, Aylan Kurdi was 'staged':

Katie Hopkins: Photo of washed up Aylan was 'staged'

Television commentator and UKIP supporter, Katie Hopkins, has courted controversy at the party's conference in Doncaster.

The outspoken personality told ITV Calendar's Political Correspondent, Paul Brand, that the recent photo of a 3-year-old refugee's body that washed up on a beach was 'staged'.

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UKIP prepare for annual conference

On the eve of UKIP's two-day annual conference at Doncaster Racecourse, Nigel Farage says his party's failure to win any of the predicted seats in our region at the General Election in May doesn't matter because they and all Euro-sceptics got the prize of a referendum on Europe. He says he and his party will now be campaigning to persuade the public to vote to quit the EU.

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Farage unveils £18bn 'tax giveaway'

Ukip leader Nigel Farage has pledged an £18 billion "tax giveaway", which he says will spark "real dynamic growth" in the British economy.

His proposed tax cuts include:

  • No tax on the minimum wage up to £13,000
  • Raise threshold on 40p to £50,000 a year
  • Introduce a new 30p tax band for those earning between £45,000 and £50,000
  • Remove inheritance tax
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