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  • Shadow business secretary takes a swipe at UKIP over members' views
  • Accuses party of saying 'terrible things' about women and other groups
  • Labour rocked after UKIP came within 617 votes of taking safe seat
  • New UKIP MP Douglas Carswell calls for more optimistic message from party
  • Dismisses call from Nigel Farage to bar migrants with HIV from Britain 

just as his party tries to win back votes from Farage

Nigel Farage today faced calls from Labour to tackle the 'racists' in the UK Independence Party.

Shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna claimed elements in UKIP were racist and said 'terrible things' about women and some sections of society.

But the remarks risk backfiring coming just as Ed Miliband scrambles to try to win back votes from Nigel Farage's party, which came close to taking a safe seat from Labour last week.

It came as new UKIP MP Douglas Carswell urged his party to show 'humanity' in its approach to immigration and offer a more optimistic vision for Britain.

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Chuka Umunna said UKIP had to address the people in the party with objectionable views, including racists and sexists

Chuka Umunna said UKIP had to address the people in the party with objectionable views, including racists and sexists

Opponents of UKIP have repeatedly highlighted offensive comments made by the party's elected politicians and candidates.

But Mr Farage has vowed to root out anyone whose views might embarrass UKIP in the future.

Labour has been rocked by the rise of UKIP, only narrowly holding its safe seat of Heywood and Middleton by 617 votes last week.

Mr Umunna is seen as a rising star in the Labour party and a frontrunner to replace Mr Miliband after the next election. 

Quizzed about the views of some in UKIP, Mr Umunna told Sky News: 'Of course there are racists in UKIP.

'And that is unfortunate and that's something they need to address. They say terrible things about women, they say terrible things about different parts of our society.

The shadow business secretary insisted that Labour was responding to public demand for it to address the issue of immigration

The shadow business secretary insisted that Labour was responding to public demand for it to address the issue of immigration

New UKIP MP Douglas Carswell today brushed aside the idea from his leader Nigel Farage of barring migrants from Britain if they have HIV
UKIP leader Nigel Farage

New UKIP MP Douglas Carswell today brushed aside the idea from his leader Nigel Farage of barring migrants from Britain if they have HIV

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