Nigel Farage's plan to pose with all of UKIP's black & ethnic minority candidates hit a snag today when a photo opportunity descended into chaos in less than a minute.
In bright sunlight the beaming UKIP leader emerged straight out of his car and faced the assembled press in front of a platform and stage curtain embroidered with the UKIP logo.
Addressing the journalists he said,"To confound these ridiculous slurs that we are a racist party, I proudly present UKIP's contingent of ethnic minority candidates." Simultaneously the curtains parted to reveal about twenty people, all dressed in evening suits, sparkly hats and carrying glitterball canes.
Candidates were whisked off the stage by burly UKIP aides before they could respond to questions fired from journalists, although one tried to answer where she was from, only managing to utter, "Um, Bongo Bong-", before being grappled round the throat and bundled to the ground as the curtains shut.
A florid Mr Farage refused to answer any further questions and hurriedly made his way back to his car.