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EXCLUSIVE: 'I am not a racist' Victoria Ayling responds to campaign video criticism

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: December 13, 2013

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Lincolnshire County Councillor Victoria Ayling claims her private life has "been aired for all to see and pick at like vultures" after a film of her making comments about immigration hit national headlines.

The East Lindsey District councillor featured on the front page of the Mail on Sunday on December 8, 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, speaking exclusively to the Echo, Councillor Ayling said her comments in the video about illegal immigrants were taken out of context, and claimed her private life has been subsequently dragged into the firing line.

"This is absolutely a disgraceful victimisation of myself and my family," she said.

"It is a no holds barred attempt to assassinate my character.

"There are now lawyers involved in this matter regarding the article that was originally published, I cannot comment because there may be litigation on a personal angle.

"I am highly protective of my children and I would hope this does not impact on them.

"This is worse than big brother. It is intimidating, it is nasty and the whole business is unacceptable."

The Stickney ward councillor and UKIP member says her now ex-husband helped film the video, back in 2008.

The film was meant to support her bid to become a Tory member of the European Parliament, years before she defected to UKIP in March this year. However, an uncut version of the video surfaced across national media last weekend, sparking a furore of headlines and criticism.

"The whole thing was about illegal immigration and the facts have been twisted and churned to an unacceptable degree," added Cllr Ayling.

"It has been horrible to have my private life exposed in this way, it has been horrible to be accused of racism.

"I am not a racist and I stand by that.

"From a personal angle, I am a district and county councillor and so I will carry on as normal.

"As much as I can, I have to put family first, which is what any normal person would do, and keep them away from all of this interest and carry on regardless."

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has said the party will stick by Councillor Ayling, who has confirmed she hopes to stand for a seat during the 2015 general election.

"I am pretty strong, I may be hurting inside but I am strong enough to see this through," she added. "I have a job to do for those who voted me in.

"If nothing else in this whole sorry tale, when all of this is tomorrow's chip paper I hope and I believe this has opened up the whole situation.

"Now, there must be an open and honest debate about immigration, and not to bring in the word racist as soon as someone comes up with that."

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  • keen4green  |  December 26 2013, 4:22PM

    WHO CARES Really !! Polar Ice caps are melting faster every year ! Less heat reflected back into space !! LESS white reflective area = MORE radiation heat from Sun absorbed by oceans = warming oceans = polar caps melting faster = more heat absorbed by oceans and so on EXPONENTIALLY ! We are F..... !! Antartica melted alone would add SIX Metres to total water area (there are millions of tonnes of ice at the south pole some of which is several MILES Deep !!!! Remember that an increased planet wide area of water mass absorbs more heat than both the heat reflecting white poles. It's going to happen much faster nearer the end, that's EXPONENTIALLY for you. Bit annoying really, when someone figures it is time to do something, TOO LATE !!!

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  • keen4green  |  December 26 2013, 4:15PM

    WHO CARES Really !! Polar Ice caps are melting faster every year ! Less heat reflected back into space !! LESS white reflective area = MORE radiation heat from Sun absorbed by oceans = warming oceans = polar caps melting faster = more heat absorbed by oceans and so on EXPONENTIALLY ! We are F..... !! Antartica melted alone would add SIX Metres to total water area (there are millions of tonnes of ice at the south pole some of which is several MILES Deep !!!! Remember that an increased planet wide area of water mass absorbs more heat than both the heat reflecting white poles. It's going to happen much faster nearer the end, that's EXPONENTIALLY for you. Bit annoying really, when someone figures it is time to do something, TOO LATE !!!

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  • snoddy  |  December 16 2013, 9:42AM

    Dennisaddy your comments make a lot of sense to me. It's just the sort of tactics that the Conservative Party would do. VOTE UKIP.

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  • dennisaddy  |  December 15 2013, 8:13PM

    When Victoria Ayling made her video she was a Conservative Party candidate for Grimsby. The Tories kept quiet about it then, presumably indicating their approval. They have now dug it out and are hyping the issue in the hope and expectation that the source will be overlooked and it will reflect badly against UKIP. The Tories are masters of spin and still very much the nasty party – despite their desperate pathetic attempts to try to convince the gullible otherwise.

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  • jimub40  |  December 15 2013, 10:58AM

    Some people in this country are so thick shes not racist shes a realist far too many foreigners in this country not even wanting to Intergrate or learn English and yet expect the British people to welcome them with open arms wrong. I know what i would welcome them with and believe me they would probably run as fast if not faster than they did when the Nazis marched across their borders.If that sounds racist to all you saddos out there tough its realism and its fact.

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  • Pete67  |  December 14 2013, 4:51PM

    camelherder - - - Things that are 'kept quiet' are invariably swept under the carpet.

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  • camelherder  |  December 14 2013, 1:45PM

    "There are now lawyers involved in this matter regarding the article that was originally published, I cannot comment because there may be litigation on a personal angle. Now if that was me I would have kept quiet until after the court case as talking to the press is not going to help her cause.

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  • keen4green  |  December 13 2013, 11:42PM

    ODE to this subject....... Racist or Realist ! BOTH views are ignored !! Realists are treated like racists. Reading of their worries, others are just bored !! Views regarded with disdain. By people unaffected by immigration, these opinions are no more than a pain. By those types who care not about the future of our nation, the most they care about is the weather. If tomorrow, the sun shines or if there's rain !!! the end

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  • sadimp  |  December 13 2013, 7:11PM

    Oh I see I have rec'd 10 reds so far. If Ms. Ayling had not said "I would send the lot back" then I would not have termed her a racist. But she did and I still term her a racist. If she had eloquently voiced her opinion in the tape, that we have to curb immigration not because we don't like certain races but it's a matter of economics and overcrowding, then I would term her a REALIST. But that is not what she said. In the video you can clearly see she was agitated when she said "send the lot back". I agree Britain has to come to grips with immigration, not because of ethnic groups, but because "there's very little room in the Inn" to quote a seasonal term. Merry Christmas

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  • eatmygoal  |  December 13 2013, 4:44PM

    There's plenty of pubs in my town that are no go areas. But nothing to do with nationality. It will come as a shock to people prosecuting people on items posted on twitter and Facebook that evidence publicly available is inadmissible evidence. As for the actual video. All a bit of nothing. She is not necessarily racist, certainly not based on this video. It is something that ruins the debate, the urge to brand someone a racist at the slightest mention of ethnicity or country. Found some of her comments personally sweeping or not what I would agree with, but wouldn't have her down as a racist based solely on that.

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