Richard Elvin, the regional chairman of the UK Independence Party says a branch secretary may be stripped of her party membership after she made derogatory remarks about the murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence.
Pamela Preedy is secretary of UKIP's Redcar and Cleveland branch. Last year on an online UKIP forum she said: "the image of Stephen Lawrence has been promoted to sainthood " She also accused David Cameron of "worshipping at the shrine of Saint Stephen".
Mr Elvin told ITV Ms Preedy's views absolutely contradict UKIP's policies, he condemns them and has apologised to the Lawrence family.
Redcar and Cleveland's UKIP secretary Pamela Preedy is caught up in a racism row over remarks about Stephen Lawrence. Mr Lawrence was murdered in 1993 and his family have fought for justice ever since.
A conversation on a UK Independence Party internal forum around the 20th anniversary of Stephen Lawrence's murder last year, which Pamela Preedy took part in, has been uncovered.
PAMELA PREEDY SAID:
"It is absolutely true that the image of Stephen Lawrence has been promoted to sainthood."
"In Monday's news, there was Cameron and other high politicos worshipping at the shrine of Saint Stephen as they stood before his picture for a minute's silence."
"His death is supposed to have changed Britain, revealing how we are all institutionally racist etc. Please give it a rest! I'm sure that Stephen was an ordinary boy with all the typical virtues and flaws of any teenage human being, not a saint in the making."
"I'm sure that his mother still grieves for him, but it's time she did it privately without setting him up as some kind of media icon. She risks losing any sympathy for her cause (getting the other three killers in jail presumably) and boring us all to tears."
"Poor Stephen; he didn't deserve his awful death and he doesn't deserve his name being endlessly touted around like this either."
Councillor Mark Chatburn, who represents Yarm and Kirklevington on Stockton Council, has defected from the Conservatives to join UKIP.
It is difficult to think of a single area where this government has proven itself a success. We see ever rising living costs, with inflation outstripping pay rises in nearly every single month since David Cameron came to power. In addition, employment remains stubbornly high in the North East, with this government appearing to have neither the ideas nor the inclination to tackle this.