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Farage vows to 'fight back' against Ukip's tainted image

Ukip leader Nigel Farage has vowed to "fight back" against claims his party is "racist and homophobic" after a spate of suspensions of its candidates and members for offensive remarks.

Mr Farage told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show his party had "made mistakes" in failing to "weed out" candidates and pledged to spend "more money" to toughen checks on its representatives.

Nigel Farage said Ukip had black and ethnic minority candidates "who are proudly standing" for the party. Credit: Catherine Wylie/PA Wire

He cited examples of shaming behaviour of members of other political parties, which he claimed did not gain a national profile, saying "We don't have a monopoly on unpleasantness and stupidity."

"These people are not representative of Ukip at all," he said, adding that he would "deal with (his party's tainted image) head on this week".