KERRY Smith has quit as Ukip’s candidate in a top target seat after being forced to apologise for a series of offensive comments.
In recordings of phone calls obtained by the Mail on Sunday, the would-be MP was said to have mocked gay party members as “poofters”, joked about shooting people from Chigwell in a “peasant hunt” and referred to someone as a “Chinky bird”.
They were revealed just days after he was reinstated as the party’s general election candidate in South Basildon and East Thurrock.
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He initially apologised and explained that he had been under great stress at the time of the comments and taking strong pain killers.
But in a statement, he said: “I have this evening offered my resignation as Ukip PPC for South Basildon and East Thurrock.
“I want the best for South Basildon and East Thurrock and I want to see the real issues discussed that touch the lives of people.
“Therefore I have chosen to resign so that Ukip can win this seat next May.”
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