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Ukip official Henry Reilly in race dig at Alliance

A UKIP councillor has refused to back down after accusing the Alliance Party of "wheeling out the racism card" to gain support.

Henry Reilly claimed the party "unashamedly" used race and ethnicity to win sympathy.

In a BBC radio interview, Mr Reilly criticised the "morally repugnant" way that Alliance "wheels out this racism agenda whenever it suits them".

Earlier this week Alliance MLA Anna Lo said she was considering quitting Northern Ireland, and described how she had been racially abused.

Mr Reilly said he was unaware that Ms Lo had been abused because of her race.

When informed of Ms Lo's experiences, Mr Reilly made clear his condemnation, saying that racial attacks were "totally and absolutely unacceptable".

When contacted by the Belfast Telegraph, the Newry and Mourne councillor said his remarks were part of a wider conversation.

"If you listen to (the broadcast) properly you will remember that I said that they wheel this out in issues like immigration," he added.

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