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UKIP's Victoria Ayling says immigration video 'taken out of context'

By HGilbey_LE  |  Posted: December 09, 2013

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UKIP Councillor Victoria Ayling has denied being at the centre of a ‘racism storm’, after a film of her making comments about immigration made national headlines.

The Lincolnshire County Councillor says her husband at the time helped film the video, back in 2008.

It was to support her bid to become a Tory Member of European Parliament.

However the film surfaced across national media over the weekend.

The councillor featured on the front page of yesterday’s Mail on Sunday, after the newspaper saw the video.

In the film, she appears to talk about restricting immigrant numbers before adding, "I just want to send the lot back, but I can't say that."

However she has hit back at criticism over the video, arguing her comments were taken out of context.

In a statement, she said: “The Mail on Sunday have run an article stating that I have made a video in which I express views that all immigrants should be repatriated.

“This is not the case.

“At that time, under the leadership of David Cameron, there was no clear policy on immigration.

“Rather, there were two polar views widely held and no sensible, centre ground.

“The first was the attitude of 'do nothing' which as someone who lives in an area negatively affected by mass immigration was simply not a line I was prepared to take.

“The other view was the extreme position that all immigration was bad.

“It is often the case in finding the correct words to use that one takes the views from both sides of the argument and balances them out to find a sensible position.

“This is what I was doing.

"At no point in my life have I ever thought that all immigration was bad and all immigrants in the UK should be deported.”

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has said the party will stand by Councillor Ayling.

Watch the video here.

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  • snoddy  |  December 10 2013, 5:50PM

    Victoria Ayling for home secretary. Vote UKIP

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  • snoddy  |  December 10 2013, 5:45PM

    Swiss Frank is a tory lacky. Never ever before has your country needed you more than it needs you now. Vote UKIP

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  • Hertsman  |  December 10 2013, 4:08PM

    The gist of what she said seems to be repatriate those that are here illegally. What is so wrong with that? Makes absolute sense to me and makes a vote for UKIP even more sense.

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  • Pete67  |  December 10 2013, 1:33PM

    SwissxFrank - - - Have you not realised that things are easy to take out of context like you advocating 'Vote UKIP'. It's at the start of the last line of your comment, and the only part I thought worth quoting (I'll make a journalist one of these days). So can you please explain to us all why UKIP will be better than the rest of the rubbish Governments we are so used to?

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  • SwissxFrank  |  December 10 2013, 8:24AM

    Or it could just be that she wants all foreigners out of the country because she hates them, was caught on video saying it and now has her political party supporting her, meaning they stand by her comments and support them. It has nothing to do with politics and everything to do with her ex-husband wanting the country to see what a spiteful little bigot she is and the rest of her party are. Vote UKIP, because the National Front took all our Doc Martens and hair clippers!

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  • InsideStory  |  December 09 2013, 6:56PM

    We will see many claims in the run up to the elections purely to discredit UKIP because they are gaining ever more popularity than the three main party's because they echo what the population of this country are saying and the other three main party's are denying . Cheap labour in this country is good for the employers who can make enormous profits from exploiting the labour force out of what they rightfully deserve a fair days pay for a fair days work. I encourage the working class who would normally vote labour to change your vote to UKIP the voice of the people . We cant hold protests to make the politicians take notice because the authority's will come down on the perpetrates of such protests so hard that the likes of such has not been seen since the miners strikes . Those who saw the news headlines of the miners strikes will have seen the amount of force used to break up the strike and when a government is put under so much pressure and the actions of a dictator comes out . A Conservative Government have never been for the working classes they have always been the party for the rich and Labour and Liberals have now followed in their footsteps

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  • Pete67  |  December 09 2013, 5:55PM

    Once that paper sees something unless it's Tory praise (others depending on their stance), it always gets slightly modified like her sentence "At no point in my life have I ever thought that all immigration was bad and all immigrants in the UK should be deported." will likely end up with just 'all immigrants in the UK should be deported'. That's the way most tabloids get their headlines or hasn't she noticed before now?

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