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A Lincolnshire UKIP councillor's denied making offensive and politically incorrect comments about immigrants. Victoria Ayling says a video of her saying she wants to "send the lot back" actually refers to people who are living in the country illegally. Michael Billington reports.
A Lincolnshire UKIP councillor's denied making offensive and politically incorrect comments about immigrants. Cllr Victoria Ayling appeared in a video discussing immigration in 2008 where she's heard to say "send the lot back". She told ITV News Calendar the comments were taken out of context.
Shadow immigration minister David Hanson called for an apology after comments made by Ukip councillor Victoria Ayling.
"This type of offensive language should have no place in modern Britain," he said.
"British people do not deserve to be 'sent back home' because this is their home.
"It has taken us years to defeat the ideology and language of the NF [National Front] and the views of the BNP [British National Party] and they should not be resurrected by someone calling themselves a serious politician.
"She needs to apologise and repudiate the use of this type of language and thinking."
Ukip says it will stand by Victoria Ayling and has dismissed allegations that she holds extreme views.
Other remarks made by Ukip councillor Victoria Ayling in the Daily Mail video include:
Victoria Ayling told the BBC that her "send the lot back" comments were made in reference to illegal immigrants and that the Mail story was based only on "snippets" of the political video she made with her husband in 2008.
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 leader Nigel Farage told the Daily Mail that Victoria Ayling’s comments were "slightly odd", but added: