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Farage: Ayling comments 'slightly odd and unpleasant'

Ukip leader Nigel Farage told the Daily Mail that Victoria Ayling’s comments were "slightly odd", but added:

I have met her two or three times and I have discussed policy at length before accepting her into the party.

I had no reason to believe she held views that were extreme or inconsistent with ours.

While this comment looks odd and unpleasant there may be a context here that is slightly different to the way it appears.

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Ukip councillor in 'send them back' immigration video

The two-minute video was published on the Daily Mail website on Saturday night. Credit: Mail on Sunday

Ukip politician Victoria Ayling has hit her party with a new racism row after footage was published in which she said all immigrants to Britain should be sent home.

In video filmed by her then-husband Rob Ayling in 2008, the councillor makes off-the-cuff remarks including: "I just want to send the lot back but I can’t say that."

The film, published by the Daily Mail, includes multiple takes of Ayling's attempts to explain her personal views on immigration - but also her comments to her husband behind the camera between takes.

The Ukip member defected from the Conservatives earlier this year.


UKIP announces regional Euro election candidates

UKIP Euro candidate Jane Collins Credit: UKIP

UKIP has announced its candidates for next year's European elections.

In Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire the lead candidate is Jane Collins, the party's Regional Constituency Manager, who lives in Newport, East Yorkshire.

In recent years Jane has contested by-elections in Barnsley and Rotherham and come second each time.

UKIP Euro candidate Amjad Bashir Credit: UKIP

Next on the regional list is Amjad Bashir, the party's spokesman for small and medium business.

A successful entrepreneur and businessman he was drawn to UKIP by the pledge to escape from EU bureaucracy and red tape and has been working hard towards this end.

He has been a board member of the Bradford Chamber of Commerce, as well as a director of Bradford Training and Enterprise Council. He has also been been a director of Asian Business Development Network.

UKIP Euro candidate Mike Hookem Credit: UKIP

Third on the regional list is Hull based Mike Hookem, 60, who is the party''s Regional Chairman and travels hundreds of miles a month visiting branches.

An ex-Labour supporter Mr Hookem said, "We have a great team in this area and we are all working together to get our country back."

The other three candidates on UKIP's list for the region are Gary Shores, Jason Smith and Anne Murgatroyd.


Bloom - Farage says Calendar interview sealed Godfrey's fate

The full interview with UKIP leader Nigel Farage after the controversial politician Godfrey Bloom quit as a UKIP MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber following his outbursts on the day of his party's annual conference last week.

Mr Bloom was suspended on Friday after he made offensive remarks about women, lashed out at a journalist with a brochure, and threatened Calendar's Political correspondent. He's staying on as an independent MEP and as a member of UKIP.

Mr Farage revealed that threats to Calendar's Paul Brand sealed his fate.

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Bloom: UKIP not right for me anymore

Godfrey Bloom released a statement announcing that he will sit as an independent MEP but will remain a UKIP member:

I have felt for some time now that the ‘New UKIP’ is not really right for me anymore. I shall sit out my term as an independent and give my whole hearted support to Jane Collins who is almost certainly going to be the next UKIP MEP and probably a second seat yet to be decided. I shall of course retain my membership.

– Godfrey Bloom

Nigel Farage: 'hacked off' with Bloom over comments

The leader of the UK Independence Party has reacted angrily following the behaviour of Yorkshire and Humber MEP Godfrey Bloom at the party's annual conference.

Mr Bloom has had the whip withdrawn after calling women at the meeting in Westminster 'sluts' before hitting a journalist with a brochure. Nigel Farage says he is 'hacked off' with Mr Bloom and feels his actions have distracted attention from the party's core message.

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