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Annual Pride parade in Oxford

The sun was out and there was music playing in Oxford today when the annual Pride parade made its way through the city's streets.

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UKIP - Strength to strength

It's the fastest growing party here in the UK and today dozens of people gathered for the UKIP REgional Conference in the South East.

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Nigel Farage faces £60k expenses scandal

Nigel Farage is facing controversy after being accused of taking taxpayers' money from the expenditure allowance and paying it into his personal account. After criticising Maria Miller earlier this month for failing to account for allowances, the UKIP leader is now facing expenses claims of his own.

Sarah Saunders looks at how this accusation came to the public's attention.

Guilty plea: Man who hit Nigel Farage with placard

Political activist Andrew Scott has been given a community service order after admitting a charge of assault by beating against UKIP leader Nigel Farage in Kent.

Scott, who's 38 and from Margate, was captured on film by an ITV News Meridian camera striking Mr Farage with a wooden placard as he entered a hotel in the town for a political meeting last January.

Meridian's footage was viewed in open court before District Judge Justin Barrow passed sentence.

Mr Farage was being jostled by protestors and later admitted he'd been shocked and scared following the incident, which came weeks after he underwent major spinal surgery.

At Margate Magistrates' Court Scott apologised via his lawyer for his ''reckless act.''

He will undergo 80 hours of unpaid community work and was ordered to pay a total of £145 in costs and as a victim's surcharge.

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Farage "very frightened" by mob attack

The Leader of UKIP, Nigel Farage, was attacked when he arrived in Kent this afternoon. The MEP was in Cliftonville to address supporters.

A small but hostile crowd was outside. And in the demo, Mr Farage - who is still recovering from a major operation - was hit over the head with a placard.

Police have interviewed the UKIP leader and protesters about the assault. Nigel Farage told

our Political Correspondent , Phil Hornby, he found the event frightening.

Farage claims confrontation in Kent was "worse than Edinburgh"

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has been speaking to ITV Meridian's Phil Hornby about the moment he was confronted by angry protesters in Kent.

During the scuffle he was hit over the head with a placard.

Mr Farage also gave his reaction to UKIP member David Silvester, who blamed the recent flooding on the government's decision to legalise gay marriage.

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Pilot found dead at home

The pilot of a plane who flew UKIP leader Nigel Farage on the day of the 2010 General election has been found dead at his home in Sussex.

Justin Adams, 48, had previously threatened to kill the MEP, following the crash which left him and Mr Farage in hospital.

A trial heard Adams made the threats after insurers refused to pay out until an investigation into the crash had finished. He lost work as a result.

The judge gave Adams a two-year supervision order, saying he had "a depressive order of moderate severity" caused by the crash, and had been drinking.

Sussex Police confirmed he had been found dead at his home in Eastbourne last month. His death is not being treated as suspicious. An inquest has been opened and adjourned.

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