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Row over comments on immigration by Ukip councillor

Ukip politician Victoria Ayling from Lincolnshire 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. The councillor defected from the Conservatives in March 2013.

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Ukip release statement backing Victoria Ayling

Ukip says it will stand by Victoria Ayling and has dismissed allegations that she holds extreme views.

"These comments were made 5 years ago when Ms Ayling was a Conservative candidate. Off the cuff remarks have been deliberately misconstrued. We believe, and she assures us, that these comments refer to the status of illegal entrants to the UK. We cannot comment on material made while she was a Conservative candidate but we believe her to be a good councillor and upstanding citizen and will support her through this."

– Ukip spokesperson

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