N. Ireland Politics

'Get the ethnics out' controversy: Foster defends Wilson

Image caption On Tuesday, BBC Spotlight broadcast a programme in which MP Sammy Wilson appeared to agree with a member of the public to "get ethnics out"

The First Minster Arlene Foster has defended her DUP colleague, East Antrim MP Sammy Wilson, insisting he is not a racist.

On Tuesday, BBC Spotlight broadcast a programme in which Mr Wilson appeared to agree with a member of the public to "get ethnics out"

He later said the remarks had been taken out of context.

Mrs Foster said she had spoken to Mr Wilson on Tuesday afternoon.

"I think Sammy had been very clear he was not agreeing with the member of the public.

"What he was agreeing with was the fact that he believes that we should come out of Europe, and that was his assertion.

"Sammy's made his position very clear. I know Sammy very well. He's not a racist.

"He's far from it and therefore I think that's an end to the matter."

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