29/04/2013 10:48 BST

Ukip Candidates: Are 'Clowns' And 'Racists' Attracted To The Eurosceptic Party?

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EXETER, ENGLAND - MARCH 23: UKIP party suppoter Jack Evans poses for a photograph at the UKIP 2013 Spring Conference being held in the Great Hall, Exeter University on March 23, 2013 in Exeter, England. Buoyed by recent successes including the by election in Eastleigh where they came second, the UK Independence party is claiming it is the only one with alternative policies and a vote for UKIP is no longer just a protest vote. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

David Cameron called Ukip supporters "fruitcakes, loonies and closet racists" and Ken Clarke called the party "clowns" who had no policies except being "against" immigrants.

Ukip in turn have accused the Tories of raiding the Facebook and Twitter pages of their candidates and running a "morally reprehensible smear campaign."

But there are a fair few former Ukip candidates who have merited some of the labels given to the them by Cameron and Clarke.

Here, HuffPost UK takes a look at some of the rogue candidates in the party's short but chequered history.