Ofcom clears BBC over general election clip of 10-year-old saying he would vote UKIP

The BBC has been cleared of breaching broadcasting rules after it screened a clip of a schoolboy telling a leading politician he would vote for Ukip to "get all the foreigners out of the country".

The clip, broadcast by BBC1 East Midlands, showed the primary school pupil from Heanor in Derbyshire meeting shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt, who asked who he would vote for and included the
10-year-old's reply.

A spokesman for broadcasting watchdog Ofcom said: "Following thorough investigation of this news item on BBC East Midlands, we concluded that it didn't break broadcasting rules.

"We found that due care was taken of the welfare of a child in the news report, and the BBC explained it had permission to film and broadcast the material. There were no complaints made by either the child's parents or school.

"Overall, we concluded that the broadcast would not have had any likely adverse effect on the child's welfare or dignity."

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