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'No regrets' from Ukip candidate Janice Atkinson who swore at protesters and gave them 'the finger'

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 19, 2014

By Paul Turner / paul.turner@swwmedia.co.uk / @readmybook

Ukip candidate Janice Atkinson has said she has no regrets after she swore at protesters in Ashford, Kent.

Ukip candidate Janice Atkinson has said she has no regrets after she swore at protesters in Ashford, Kent.

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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.

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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.’

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.

Here’s what happened when another election candidate fought back:

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13 comments

  • bennyhill4  |  May 23 2014, 1:37PM

    Just a quick question, now that the BNP is almost extinct who do you think their members will vote for now?

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  • 163ct034  |  May 23 2014, 8:43AM

    this women's is the true face of U****!.and of their supporters. A common pattern emerges here. Ukip supporters are intolerant, intolerant voters clearly find Ukip attractive.No matter how you look at it, Ukip is a racist party. Would I be "concerned" if Nigel Farage moved in next door? ;) yes! i would!

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  • Kaiser_Macsen  |  May 20 2014, 4:16PM

    Ashford, Kent - A long way from Swansea. However, it's worth noting that Ashford is home to ukip's infamous call centre - Where does all the money go? Well worth googling for more information.

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  • simontaverner  |  May 20 2014, 3:36PM

    GOOD FOR HER, FOR EXPRESSING ALL OUR PROBLEMS THAT ARE OCCURING IN -OUR COUNTRY

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  • TaipeiSteve  |  May 20 2014, 8:34AM

    Mdcurran: As Gwyddno has stated, the little old lady was not a party endorsed candidate, and so I think her gesture cannot be taken as representative of the UKIP as a whole – actually I thought it rather funny. Janice Atkinson, on the hand, is a UKIP candidate and so the implication behind the gesture takes on an entirely meaning. Now, had she apologized, then, ok, her action could have been explained by her inexperience. However, she did not, and so her response implies that the UKIP doesn't have a strong platform for debate nor do they support the right of the people to hold a peaceful protest – not very British that, is it?

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  • williamwaun  |  May 19 2014, 10:58PM

    There is a lot of Labour support here in Wales, remember guys these are the ones that brought foreigners into the country we now cant cope with our hospitals, jobs are taken up by foreigners and I will work next to them. The Government has created this situation especially Labour who opened the flood gates.

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  • Gwyddno  |  May 19 2014, 9:05PM

    mdcurran: Steve posted about someone who, if elected, will be required to listen to all with equal respect. As for your 'little old lady', look again at the article of 1 May. Don't worry your idol, Flange, will get elected even if he starts parading in a 'I ♥ Adolf' T shirt.

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  • Dai_Chotomy  |  May 19 2014, 8:44PM

    I have no time for UKIP and hope that they are soon relegated to the dustbin of political history, but What in the name of anything has this story have to do with Wales let alone Swansea?

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  • mdcurran  |  May 19 2014, 7:56PM

    Am I missing the plot here? What has this got to do with Swansea? Seems like another slur on Ukip from a South Wales based media! TaipeiSteve - does that argument stand for the little old lady protester who gave the 'v' sign to the visiting Ukip party as well?

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  • williamwaun  |  May 19 2014, 7:37PM

    Wait until Thursday to see what the people of this country wants, the politicians are there for us and should listen to us. Labour and Libs want us to be in Europe even if the people of the country don't want it, they do not listen only rule us. This is not a general election it is a protest vote to get us out of Europe and to send a message to Cons and Labour lies.

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