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Ukip Candidate Peter Endean Blames 'Large Fingers' For Retweet Mocking Migrants

21/04/2015 16:28 BST | Updated 21/04/2015 16:59 BST
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A Ukip candidate who retweeted a picture mocking drowned migrants in the Mediterranean has blamed it on his 'large fingers'.

Peter Endean, standing in Plymouth, forwarded a meme describing rescued survivors of a boat sinking as "Labour's new floating voters".

The original tweet

It came just days after over 800 migrants drowned after a vessel carrying them from North Africa seek asylum in Europe capsized in the Mediterranean.

Only 27 people were rescued and the Tunisian captain has been charged with multiple accounts of reckless homicide.

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Endean's retweet

Endean said: "I have been trolled. The re-tweet was not intentional or deliberate and totally against my Christian beliefs. Merely a case of large fingers on a small phone.

"However, I do apologise unreservedly for any offence caused to anyone."

An even bigger furore still surrounds comments made by Katie Hopkins, who wrote an article shortly before the disaster describing migrants as "cockroaches".

A petition to have her fired currently has 240,000 signatures.

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