UKIP leader Gerard Batten on candidate’s rape comments

UKIP’s leader says a candidate who tweeted that he “wouldn’t even rape” a female Labour MP is suing people who “misrepresented him in the media”.

Gerard Batten said Carl Benjamin, who is standing for the party in the South West England seat in the European elections, was not making a joke about rape, but was making “a remark of non-intent” aimed at Jess Phillips.

Her Labour colleague Lisa Nandy criticised Mr Batten’s defence of the “disgraceful” comments, when they were part of the panel on Politics Live.

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