Ukip have been accused of "hypocrisy" after it emerged that an actor used in a party poster about the impact of immigration on British jobs was an Irish migrant.
The poster, published last week as the Eurosceptic party launched its campaign ahead of elections on May 22, features a builder in hi-viz and a hard hat begging on the street next to the slogans "EU policy at work" and "British workers are hit hard by unlimited cheap labour".
But it has emerged that the man featured on the poster is Irish actor Dave O'Rourke, prompting Conservative MP Bob Neill to criticise the party.
He said: "I think it is pretty hypocritical of Ukip. As far as I am aware, we always use genuine people in our adverts."
Ukip director of communications Patrick O'Flynn insisted in a statement the use of actors was "totally standard practice" in political campaigns, describing Neill's comments as "Tory humbug".
O'Flynn said: "The vast majority of people used in political poster campaigns are actors. It is totally standard practice. It is nonsense for the Conservative Party to try and depict this as anything out of the ordinary."