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.