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Victoria Ayling denies being National Front member

By Reportergrace  |  Posted: December 15, 2013

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A national newspaper has claimed that Lincolnshire UKIP councillor Victoria Ayling was once a member of the far-Right National Front.

The Mail on Sunday says that Victoria's mother, a family friend and her ex-husband have spoken to them about her political activities with the extremist organisation in the 1970s.

Brenda Brooks, who is 81, apparently told the newspaper that her East Lindsey District Council member daughter began going to NF meetings above a pub in Croydon, south London, in 1977.

Yet Mrs Ayling has claimed that her presence at the group's gatherings was merely part of an academic research project.

The former Conservative's mother is also said to have claimed that Victoria attended rallies, marches, and campaign meetings for one of the far-Right party's election candidates in 1979.

The new revelations follow the Mail on Sunday's recent publication of a video from 2008 which shows Ayling airing controversial views about immigrants. She claimed the comments had been taken out of context.

Brenda Brooks allegedly described Victoria's NF involvement as being a 'phase'.

And a former friend claims they were active in the NF together, and is said to have referred to her as 'card-carrying'.

The Mail also claim that her ex-husband Rob Ayling has also come forward to allege that he helped to cover up her past activities when they were married.

His former wife has defended herself, according to the newspaper, by stating that she attended meetings as part of a research thesis while studying law at Southampton University and that she was not a paid-up NF member.

Mr Ayling apparently said this version of events was concocted by the pair of them as a cover story when she stood as a Conservative party candidate in 1999.

He is then said to have claimed his ex-wife was active in far-Right politics while still at school, and that such a thesis would have been irrelevant to a law degree.

The Mail also adds that Brenda Brooks refuted the 'research' excuse and said Victoria had never mentioned such a project while a student.

Ayling, 54, has only been a UKIP councillor since May.

The newspaper also revealed that they believed Lincolnshire Police had interviewed the former couple over an alleged domestic dispute at their home soon before their split in 2012.

Mrs Ayling was accused during the incident of calling her spouse a 'bad tranny' in reference to his alleged cross-dressing activities.

No charges have been brought.

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  • Pete67  |  December 17 2013, 8:22AM

    gsx1100 - - - I always figured out if I made a mistake it's better to admit it and look a fool than keeping quiet or carrying it on and looking a bigger fool.

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  • gsx1100  |  December 16 2013, 8:33PM

    No apologies needed, Pete67, I was just glad someone was worse at maths than me!

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  • eurosceptic  |  December 16 2013, 8:24PM

    I used to support the Conservative Party and I now support UKIP. That does not make me a Tory. This story is just a political smear job.

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  • Verity_Candor  |  December 16 2013, 6:47PM

    @Menshy I am indeed for real and have been following politics for a good twenty plus years including the rise of UKIP. I obtain my information from a wide range of sources and am politically neutral as I am disenchanted by all political parties at the moment. However that disenchantment has aided the rise of UKIP as people think that they are providing an alternative. You don't have to dig too deep to realise what a rancid party they are. It's not entirely clear that Godfrey Bloom has been kicked out who infamously praised the French for sinking the Rainbow Warrior amongst his other contemptible gaffes. Roger Helmer, UKIP MEP, has equated gay marriage to incest and said that women who are date raped are to blame. Lord Pearson claims Muslims are breeding like rabbits to take over the country. Others have called for the unemployed to be denied the vote and for foetuses with spina bifida to be forcibly terminated. If those in the higher echelons spout such odious bile then it is no wonder that their supporters think they can too. You only have to look at what has happened to Lincolnshire UKIP and follow the stories that Hope not Hate flag up to see that they attract a disproportionate amount of people with extreme bigoted views. Homosexuality is not illegal so it is no more acceptable to denigrate them than it is to an ethnic minority. It is nothing to do with political correctness as UKIP are a party that is a magnet to people with disgusting and unacceptable view that have no place in a modern multicultural society. That also goes for Muslims and others who also hold extreme views.

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  • Pete67  |  December 16 2013, 9:55AM

    gsx1100 - - - I assume you got the 1977 which also gives her age as 54 from 'thisislincolnshire' - http://tinyurl.com/ntxsx4w . Which actually does make sense going by what she has (apparently), said herself (including not denying going to NF meetings). According to the DM though 'who are giving the 'facts?' the National Front picture was dated 1975 - http://tinyurl.com/nv5j8hd . Going also by the DM (though I seem to have mis-read the story which I've since re-read - I APOLOGISE - for that mistake I made), she was a Miss America finalist in 1987 aged 17 (and that would have made her 12 at the time of he NF picture) (again I APOLOGISE) - http://tinyurl.com/nj5fedr . I think though we can assume that the DM smear campaign is working well, but even if the NF stories are true I think I'd rather vote for her than some of the 'we must stay in Europe' lot we have now (especially as I don't believe Cameron's 'referendum' promise). As they always say though 'all publicity is good publicity', and with the story at least I'll know to vote for her if her name should appear on my voting slip. I wouldn't have had the foggiest if the stories hadn't come out.

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  • GedlingTnPeck  |  December 16 2013, 8:51AM

    National Front sympathisers on here are alive and well so it seems. So when she was 18 she had some interest in the National Front and according to the video those interests are still there. In what context were her comments made we have yet to hear her come up with. I think as with many UKIP supporters they are a front for NF

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  • jimub40  |  December 16 2013, 7:57AM

    If anyone is a loony Verity it is you at least they are open in their policies and dont hide behind political correctness,you live in a fascist nation that pretends not to be and there is your problem please wake up and join the real world.

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  • Arthrys  |  December 16 2013, 7:52AM

    I doesn't matter if she is UKIP, Labour, Tory or Liberal - the story is that she was an active National Front supporter for a number of years. Any politician of any party would have a lot of explaining to do about that. But on top of that is the allegation that she cobbled together a cover story to lie about her involvement to both the Conservative party and (presumably) UKIP, not to mention the electorate. And having seen the video it seems her NF sympathies are still there - she says it has been taken out of context but I have yet to hear in what context she thinks such sentiments would be acceptable. Any politician would feel the heat if this sort of thing comes out. Those on here that say the allegations make them more determined to vote for her, why? Yes there have been dishonest politicians before but why vote for someone if you know beforehand that they are?

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  • InsideStory  |  December 16 2013, 5:57AM

    UKIP are no more corrupt than any other party and no party is any more truthful, they are as bad has each other .You only have to watch Parliament on the television to see the heckling from the benches to see how child like the people who represent this country act in front of cameras so when off camera who knows what they get up to .Closed doors hide many mystery's .

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  • sadimp  |  December 16 2013, 3:27AM

    What I want know is how did the video come to light? We know her husband helped her with it before they split. Did he somehow give it to someone to casually give it to the press? Just asking. Not that there's anything with that.

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