Nigel Farage was left red-faced last night after he was filmed being confronted by a woman angry at Ukip’s “divisive” politics.
Mr Farage had been milling around backstage at last night’s television election leaders’ debates at Sky News when he was spotted and confronted by Barbara Ntumy, a student.
In a video posted on social media, Ms Ntumy accused the Ukip leader of leading a party that “stands for” intolerance of other races and sexual preferences.
“Every other week we hear in the news that somebody [in Ukip] has said a racist slur or a homophobic slur,” she said.
“You keep saying: 'Oh, that's not what my party said. It's just a couple of people'. But it keeps happening every time, so it honestly can't be just a couple of people!”
“It’s what your party stands for.”
Shortly before the encounter she posted on Twitter: “So Nigel Farage just walked into Sky News. I'm going to tell him what I think.”
Mr Farage responded: “You will find people in all parties, in all walks of life, who say unpleasant things”.
“The debate about immigration has nothing to do with race, at all,” he argued.
Despite Mr Farage’s claim, Ms Ntumy quickly began receiving social media abuse from defenders of the Ukip leader after the video went viral.
“You're from Ghana .. You have NO right here to criticise Nigel Farage. Nothing to do with your colour. No education in Ghana eh,” one user, C_Mcfc, tweeted at her.
“Did you actually ask a question or did you just do the usual thing of shouting racist?” said another, RossBryant01.
Ms Ntumy was born in Ghana but grew up in Barnsley. She currently lives in London and is a student.
A recent poll by YouGov found that around half of Ukip voters say they are prejudiced against people of other races.Reuse content