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'Outrage' over Ukip MEP remark

A Ukip MEP has apologised "profusely" after calling a Thai constituent a "ting tong".

Janice Atkinson, who represents the south east, was recorded making the comments after meeting Fa Munday, a mobile food seller in Ramsgate, Kent and her husband Vincent.

Mr Munday, a Ukip supporter, said the couple had been left shocked by the "outrageous" comments.

"It's a bit outrageous, her comments have come as a bit of a shock," he told BBC South East Today. "I'm quite offended."

Ms Atkinson's comments were captured by the BBC team while she spoke to local people and Ukip members in Ramsgate.

She said: "..so that was good. We've got Fa who's, I dunno, she's a ting tong from somewhere."

Ms Atkinson insisted the comments were naive rather than malicious and said she was "incredibly sorry" for offending the couple.

She said: " I deeply regret the words I used and am incredibly sorry. It was poor judgment and naivety on my part rather than words spoken with any malice. I am devastated that I have caused hurt and apologise profusely to both Mr and Mrs Munday."

A Ukip spokesman said: " Janice has apologised for the words she used. Ukip in no way condones the use of language that may reflect prejudice or cause offence and we sincerely hope this matter can be resolved privately."

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