A senior UKIP official has been forced to delete racists Facebook posts after claiming he accidentally shared them to his followers.

Mr Parkin, who is assistant to North East Euro MP Jonathan Arnott and who has himself stood for Parliament, shared a series of images by the far-right groups Britain First and The New Daily Patriot on Facebook.

One post depicts Enoch Powell - the politician who made the notoriously racist "rivers of blood" speech in 1968 - next to the House of Commons alongside the words "I told you so...".

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