UKIP names candidate for Sleaford and North Hykeham by-election

Ukip has selected a by-election candidate who was previously embroiled in controversy over remarks calling for immigrants to be "sent back".

Victoria Ayling, who will fight next month's Sleaford and North Hykeham contest for the party, was at the centre of a storm in 2013 after The Mail On Sunday reported it had seen a video from 2008 when she was seeking to stand as a Tory MEP candidate in which she discussed immigration and said: "I just want to send the lot back, but I can't say that."

She said the remarks had been taken out of context and she was only referring to illegal immigrants.

In 2010, Ms Ayling stood for the Tories in Great Grimsby, losing to Labour's Austin Mitchell by just 714 votes.

The Tories are defending a majority of 24,000 in the Lincolnshire by-election on December 8 caused by Stephen Phillips standing down after he raised doubts about the way Brexit is being handled.