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18 Apr 2019

Ukip launch EU election campaign amid candidate controversy

Health and Social Care Correspondent

Ukip has launched its EU election campaign, with their leader insisting the party is the “true voice” of Brexit. But just as Gerard Batten unveiled his top candidates, there were calls from some UKIP members to deselect one of them for offensive comments made online.

Carl Benjamin is one of the party’s top listed candidates, but he’s refused to apologise for a tweet he sent in 2016 to a Labour MP referring to rape. He said it was satirical. And Channel 4 News has learnt he made similar remarks at a comedy show, just last night.

Victoria Macdonald’s report contains language you may find offensive.