A WOMAN hoping to become an MEP for Ukip has said she has no regrets about giving protesters ‘the finger’ during a walkabout.
Janice Atkinson was snapped making the rude gesture in Ashford.
The picture was taken by Green Party member Maria Pizzey who said she was part of a peaceful protest with a small group when she claims Ms Atkinson told the group to ‘f*** off’.
She claims she was also subjected to personal comments about her size.
But, in her defence, Ms Atkinson accused the protesters of harassing the public.
She posted an image of the group on Twitter with the caption: ‘The attractive face of the Greens, apparently.’
The attractive face of the Greens, apparently. Harassing public in Ashford today. Many complained, one to police pic.twitter.com/c5gsHMfkp5
— Janice Atkinson (@JaniceUKIP) May 17, 2014
Speaking to Kent Online, she said at Ukip’s rally in Margate: “I was angry that some of our supporters including pensioners were being called racist bigots and fascists. I got angry but I don’t regret it.’
She caused more controversy recently when she claimed parts of Kent were ‘no-go areas’ because of gangs of Eastern European immigrants.
“People have come to me with tales of intimidation and I try to persuade them to go public but they feel they can’t. It worries me,” she said in defence of her comments, which some claimed were alarmist.
If Ukip wins two or more seats in Thursday’s election, Ms Atkinson will be elected as she is second choice on the party’s selected candidate list for the South East, behind leader Nigel Farage.
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