21/04/2015 06:52 BST | Updated 21/04/2015 08:59 BST

Ukip Candidate Peter Endean Retweets Shocking Picture Mocking Drowned Migrants

A Ukip candidate has retweeted a picture mocking the deaths of over 800 migrants who drowned in the tragedy in the Mediterranean at the weekend.

Peter Endean, standing in Plymouth, forwarded a meme from a separate incident describing rescued migrants as "Labour's new floating voters".

The original tweet

It comes just days after hundreds of migrants drowned in one of the Mediterranean's worst ever maritime disasters.

Only 27 people have been rescued after a boat capsized attempting the perilous journey to seek asylum in Europe after fleeing North Africa.


Endean's retweet

The Tunisian captain of the boat has been charged with multiple accounts of reckless homicide.

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.

A Ukip spokesperson said: "It was an error of judgement for which he has apologised unreservedly."

(h/t Hope Not Hate)