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ITV News Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship has tweeted:
The various press teams of the Liberal Democrats have been tweeting support for their argument to stay inside the EU, whilst leader Nick Clegg goes head to head with Nigel Farage on the issue.
Liberal Democrat leader has tweeted a picture of the stage at LBC studios where he will debate UKIP leader Nigel Farage on the UK's place within the European Union.
UKIP leader Nigel Farage and Liberal democrat leader Nick Clegg have arrived at the LBC studios ahead of their debate.
Mr Farage said he had been preparing for his debate with the deputy-prime minister by going to the pub.
The Lib Dems have tried to play down expectations ahead of tonight's debate with Nigel Farage, and said Nick Clegg "has a pretty busy day job" so preparation "has been fairly limited".
A Lib Dem source told reporters:
Ukip leader Nigel Farage warned the Deputy Prime Minister that he does realise "what is about to hit him".
In an article for the Independent, Mr Farage said:
The Deputy Prime Minister will join Nigel Farage in a televised showdown over Britain's future in the European Union later today.
Nick Clegg will take on the Ukip leader in fight over the public in the first of two debates between "the party of in and the party of out" being staged in the run-up to the European Parliament elections in May.
Echoing the 2010 general election leaders' debates, the arrangements agreed for the head-to-head have been tightly controlled.
The audience has been selected to reflect the UK population as well as a spread of views on the EU debate and questions have been screened in advance.
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Farage did not have a great night, whilst Clegg's performance was as strong as the 2010 debates, but Farage could be the winner anyway.
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