UKIP MEP Janice Atkinson uses 'outrageous' term for Thai woman

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Media captionUKIP MEP Janice Atkinson is criticised for using an "offensive" term to describe a Thai constituent in Kent.

Comments made by a UKIP MEP about a Thai constituent have been described as outrageous by the woman's husband.

South East MEP Janice Atkinson described Fa Munday, a UKIP-supporting mobile food seller in Ramsgate, Kent, as a "ting tong from somewhere".

Her comments were recorded by BBC South East Today following an interview.

Vincent Munday said it was outrageous, rude and offensive and he and his wife would withdraw their UKIP membership. Ms Atkinson has issued an apology.

'Poor judgement'

The MEP said: "I deeply regret the words I used and am incredibly sorry.

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Image caption Vincent and Fa Munday are both UKIP supporters and have met Janice Atkinson at party rallies

"It was poor judgement 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."

She was interviewed by the BBC on Friday and had agreed to be filmed while she met local people and UKIP members in Ramsgate.

She wore a microphone and was aware she was being recorded.

Mr and Mrs Munday have met Ms Atkinson at UKIP rallies.

Mrs Munday said: "I'm from Thailand. I'm married to an Englishman and now I'm British.

"No-one has ever spoken about me like that before."

'Stern talking to'

Mr Munday said "ting tong" in Thai meant that a person was mad and the comment had come as "a bit of shock".

"I don't think UKIP are a racist party, but that comment certainly wasn't the brightest thing I've ever heard," he said.

He said the MEP should be given a "stern talking to".

Mr Munday has since told the BBC the couple are withdrawing their membership of UKIP.

In a statement 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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