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Ukip MEP apologises after 'ting tong' slur

A top Ukip politician has apologised "profusely" after calling a constituent from Thailand a "ting tong from somewhere."

Janice Atkinson, a Member of the European Parliament for the South East, was recorded making the comments by the BBC after meeting mobile food seller Fa Munday and her husband Vincent in Ramsgate.

She said: "So that was good. We've got Fa who's, I dunno, she's a ting tong from somewhere."

Ukip MEP Janice Atkinson has apologised for the comment. Credit: Facebook/Janice Atkinson

Mr Munday - a Ukip supporter - said he and his wife had been left shocked by the "outrageous" comments.

Ms Atkinson apologised afterwards, insisting the comments were naive rather than malicious.

I deeply regret the words I used and am incredibly sorry. It was poor judgment and naivety on my part rather than words spoken with any malice.

I am devastated that I have caused hurt and apologise profusely to both Mr and Mrs Munday.

– Janice Atkinson, MEP

A Ukip spokesman said the party "in no way condones" the use of language which reflects any prejudice.