Published: 00:00, 18 August 2014
| Updated: 17:15, 18 August 2014
South East UKIP MEP Janice Atkinson came under fire today for using an offensive term to describe a Thai constituent.
Ms Atkinson has issued an apology after her comments were recorded by BBC South East Today.
She described Ramsgate mobile food seller Fa Munday as 'a ting tong from somewhere.' Her comments were recorded following an interview with the BBC on Friday.
Mrs Munday's husband Vincent, a UKIP supporter, told the BBC the comments were 'outrageous, rude and offensive.'
Ms Atkinson said today: "I deeply regret the words I used and am incredibly sorry.
"It was poor judgement and naivety on my part rather than words spoken with any malice.
"I am devastated that I have caused hurt and apologise profusely to both Mr and Mrs Munday."
Mr and Mrs Munday had agreed to be filmed while Ms Atkinson met members of the public in Thanet.
The MEP was wearing a microphone and was aware she was being recorded, the BBC said.
A statement from UKIP said: "Janice has apologised for the words she used.
"UKIP in no way condones the use of language that may reflect prejudice or cause offence and we sincerely hope this matter can be resolved privately."
It is the second time in recent months the MEP has been at the centre of controversy. She was caught on camera making an obscene gesture to people during a rally in Ashford.
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