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Ukip aren't the only ones getting caught out by Britain First

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BBC political editor Nick Robinson had a lot of explaining to do after unwittingly posing for a photo with a Britain First candidate at the Rochester and Strood by-election count.

He admitted in a series of tweets following a backlash on Twitter he had made a mistake in having a photo taken without asking first who it was with.

Robinson had wrongly assumed that the far-right candidate, Jayda Fransen (above with Robinson), was "a worker at the count".

Fransen was running for election in the Rochester and Strood by-election - won by Ukip's Mark Reckless - representing Britain First, a far-right party formed in 2011 by breakaway members of the BNP.

Robinson isn't the first person Fransen has apparently caught out in such a way.

In October three Ukip campaigners posed for a picture with her in Rochester, where both they and Fransen were campaigning for their respective parties.

A Ukip spokesperson told The Independent: "We have no connection with Britain First and reject any association with them."

Fransen received just 56 votes (0.14 per cent of the total) in the Rochester and Strood by-election.


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