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  • 8 December 2013, 16:01

UKIP Politician In 'Send Them Back' Video

UKIP has again become embroiled in controversy after one of its politicians was caught on camera saying immigrants should be sent home.

Victoria Ayling, 54, who defected from the Conservatives in March, made the comments in a 20-minute video seen by The Mail on Sunday newspaper.

She talks about restricting the numbers of foreigners entering Britain, and then between takes, adds: "I just want to send the lot back, but I can't say that."

Mrs Ayling - a Lincolnshire County councillor and deputy leader of the local UKIP party - then jokes that the inflammatory remark may one day come back to haunt her.

"(It could be used for) some future get back at me. Bribery, blackmail - we need the blackmail music don't we."

Mrs Ayling hit the headlines earlier this year when she confronted David Cameron during the Tory conference and told him she was leaving the party.

It is the latest in a string of controversies for UKIP after MEP Godfrey Bloom sparked fury when he referred to "Bongo Bongo Land" and then resigned from the party for calling female activists "sluts".

UKIP leader Nigel Farage described Mrs Ayling's comments as "slightly odd".

He told The Mail on Sunday: "I have met her two or three times and I have discussed policy at length before accepting her into the party.

"I had no reason to believe she held views that were extreme or inconsistent with ours. While this comment looks odd and unpleasant there may be a context here that is slightly different to the way it appears."

Mrs Ayling's husband, Rob, from whom she has since divorced, helped shoot the footage in 2008 to promote her political career.

At one point, she says: "We must basically repatriate those that shouldn't be here. That's not quite policy yet. Maybe I should soften it a bit." She then added: "OK. Send them back."

Her ex-husband is then heard to mutter: "National Front."

She replies: "Multiculturalism is dead, I'm allowed to say that, but maybe Britishness is waving the National Front flag a bit."

Mrs Ayling told the paper she stood by her comments. She said they had been taken out of context because she was only referring to illegal immigrants.

"It is nothing different from what the Home Secretary is advocating now any way. And the blackmail music is from a Monty Python sketch. I don't think there is anything there that can be seen as offensive or politically incorrect," she said.

In an official statement, a UKIP spokesperson said: "These comments were made five years ago when Ms Ayling was a Conservative candidate. Off the cuff remarks have been deliberately miscontrued.

"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."

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