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Ukip candidate apologises over homophobia
From the Financial Times of Sun, 14 Dec 2014 17:39:55 GMT
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A Ukip candidate who was recorded making homophobic comments and calling a woman with a Chinese name a “chinky bird” has issued a “wholehearted and unreserved apology”.

Ukip said that Kerry Smith, candidate for the target seat of Basildon South and Thurrock, had made the comments while under the influence of “prescription sedatives” after sustaining an injury.

Patrick O’Flynn, a Ukip MEP, said he hoped that Mr Smith would not need to be prescribed such sedatives again so that any question of further racist or homophobic comments would not arise.

Mr Smith was selected for the target seat this week, after former Tory MP Neil Hamilton pulled out of the contest. The party said his candidature would not be revoked as a result of his tirade.

In a recording obtained by the Mail On Sunday, he is heard making offensive remarks about gay people, other Ukip members and Chigwell in Essex.

During the recorded conversation, Mr Smith talks about Ukip’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) group and he can be heard jokingly referring to it as BLT Ukip, and adds “what the old poofter groups call themselves”.

He jokes about “shooting peasants” from the Essex town of Chigwell and supporting “a peasant’s hunt through Chigwell village”.

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