UK 30 September 2013 Ukip press officer refers to journalist as being of "ethnic extraction" Gawain Towler described a female journalist in a text message that went astray as being "of some form of ethnic extraction". Sign UpGet the New Statesman's Morning Call email. Sign-up A text message from a Ukip press officer has caused controversy by referring to a female journalist as being "of some form of ethnic extraction". Gawain Towler, UKIP’s head of media and a candidate for the European Parliament, meant to send the text message about the Evening Standard's Kiran Randhawa to a colleague but accidentally sent it to someone else. Here's the text message (thanks to @suttonnick for the photo): Towler told Laura Pitel of the Times (£): If I’d got the right name I would have used it but I didn’t so I needed to give a head up . . . I was thinking of using the term ‘babe’ but they aren’t going to have the first idea what I’m going on about. Paul Waugh of PoliticsHome tweets: UKIP press officer under fire for using phrase 'of some form of ethnic extraction' is pointing out his own partner is Asian — Paul Waugh (@paulwaugh) September 30, 2013 › The curious case of Berlin's Brandenburg Airport A Ukip-supporting household. Photo: Getty I'm a mole, innit. Subscribe To stay on top of global affairs and enjoy even more international coverage subscribe for just £1 per month!