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Ukip candidate in Great Yarmouth shows audience a photo of her Jamaican husband in bid to dispense perceptions of racism in her party

PUBLISHED: 08:28 17 May 2017 | UPDATED: 07:35 19 May 2017

The first election hustings in Great Yarmouth took place at East Coast College. Photo: George Ryan

The first election hustings in Great Yarmouth took place at East Coast College. Photo: George Ryan

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Speaking at a hustings event at East Coast College in Great Yarmouth, Catherine Blaiklock showed the audience a framed photograph of herself with her husband.

Catherine Blaiklock, UKIP parliamentary candidate for Great Yarmouth, posing with her campaign cab. Photo: ArchantCatherine Blaiklock, UKIP parliamentary candidate for Great Yarmouth, posing with her campaign cab. Photo: Archant

In her introductory remarks, she told the youngsters she had a Jamaican husband and added that her first husband was from Nepal and her two children were half-Nepalese.

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Mrs Blaiklock said she wanted to dispel a negative image of her party.

As an organisation, Ukip has been dogged by scandals involving racism.

All the way back in 2006, the then Conservative leader of the opposition David Cameron infamously called Ukip a party of “fruitcakes, loonies and closet racists.”

He drew criticism from the then Ukip leader, Nigel Farage, who demanded an apology, which he never received.


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