02/02/2015 07:28 GMT | Updated 02/02/2015 07:59 GMT

Ukip In Fresh Race Row As Candidate Compares Tinchy Stryder To A Chocolate Freddo

Ukip has been sucked into yet another race row after a parliamentary candidate compared rapper Tinchy Stryder to a Freddo chocolate bar.

Nathan Garbutt, who is hoping to oust Labour MP Yvette Cooper, made the controversial comparison after someone reportedly posted an image of a man fleeing a hippo, in a mocking reference to Mr Stryder and his I’m A Celebrity co-star Gemma Collins.

The picture that got Garbutt's interest

Garbutt, who is the party's vice chairman in Yorkshire, responded: "Hopefully Gemma won’t think Tinchy is a Freddo when she gets hungry.”

Gemma Collins introducing some clips of Tinchy Stryder...

Twitter users said Garbutt's comparison was "outrageous", while one asked: "Are Garbutt's days numbered?"

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Garbutt insisted that the comparison was "harmless fun" mocking Collins for complaining about being hungry while on the ITV show, and he only chose a Freddo due to Stryder being 5ft 5 in height.

Ukip candidate Nathan Garbutt

He told the Daily Mirror: “She was a larger girl and most of the time she was talking about how hungry she was and how much she could eat and that’s where it came from.”