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Farage hits back at Welby 'legitimising racism' comments

Nigel Farage has hit back at claims made by the Archbishop of Canterbury that he is 'legitimising racism'.

Giving evidence to the Commons Home Affairs Committee, Mr Welby was responding to comments by the Ukip leader that remaining in the EU could lead to sex attacks such as those seen in Cologne on New Year's Eve.

Speaking at a Buzzfeed/Facebook town hall event where he was taking questions from social media users, Mr Farage said: "I was asked the question 'Is the nuclear bomb in this campaign the mass sex attacks on New Years Eve in Cologne?'

"I said this could be the nuclear bomb, it is an issue. End of it. Didn't say any more. I didn't mention sex attacks, didn't mention rape, didn't mention any of those things that were in the title - and that were sadly latched onto by this troublesome priest that we have in Canterbury."


Welby: Party political approach to hunger will not work

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, says a party political approach to ending hunger in the UK "will not work".

MPs and the Church of England have joined forces to launch a new report about how to tackle food poverty.

ITV News Political Correspondent Libby Wiener is following the Archbishop's speech this morning in Westminster:

Justin Welby speaks of gay marriage struggle

The Archbishop of Canterbury has suggested that blessing gay marriages would divide the Anglican Church because some worshippers in Africa would never support homosexuality.

In an interview with The Telegraph, the Most Rev Justin Welby says that the Church had probably caused “great harm” to homosexuals in the past — but there was not always a “huge amount” that could be done now to rectify the situation.

Archbishop of Canterbury the Most Reverend Justin Welby Credit: PA

“We are struggling with the reality that there are different groups around the place that the Church can do - or has done - great harm to,” the Archbishop says.

“How do you hold those two things [in balance] and do what is right and just by all? And not only by one group that you prefer and that is easier to deal with? That’s not acceptable."


Justin Welby meets Africa's Anglican leaders

The Archbishop of Canterbury has arrived in Burundi for the start of a five-day tour meeting bishops of the Anglican church.

Justin Welby is also visiting South Sudan, Rwanda and the DR Congo as part of the trip, calling for the church to help end violence in war-torn countries.

Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, meets Salva Kiir, President of South Sudan Credit: REUTERS/Andreea Campeanu

Speaking in the Burundian capital Bujumbura, the archbishop said the Anglican Church of Burundi offered "an inspiring vision" of rebuilding the country and its communities.

The trip is part of the archbishop's plan to visit all of his fellow archbishops around the Anglican Communion during his first 18 months in office.

Archbishop urges people to 'try and change the world'

The Archbishop of Canterbury has urged people to adopt a New Year's resolution of tackling poverty in their own neighbourhoods.

The Most Rev Justin Welby said in his first New Year message as head of the Church of England that many people were "struggling" in spite of many signs of hope.

Archbishop of Canterbury the Most Rev Justin Welby makes his first New Year message as head of the Church. Credit: Pool

The Archbishop said: "I want to suggest this year that each of us makes a resolution to try and change the world a bit where we are.

"Nelson Mandela said that dealing with poverty is not an act of charity, it's an act of justice, he said every generation has the chance to be a great generation and we can be that great generation."

Clegg calls for 'more transparency' from energy firms

The Deputy Prime Minister has said that energy companies must be 'more transparent' but stopped short of supporting Justin Welby after the Archbishop of Canterbury warned that the latest wave of hikes looks "inexplicable" and that providers should behave morally.

Speaking on Murnaghan on Sky News Nick Clegg said:

"Clearly the companies need to justify the bill increases that they are now announcing and that's one of the reasons Ed Davey has written to the companies and said 'you've got to be more transparent' about the sums which lie behind these eye-wateringly high price hikes."

Nick Clegg has called for 'more transparency' from energy firms. Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire

"It cannot be right that people who are really struggling to pay their bills. I think we do need, not only more competition so people can switch to lower tariffs... but also great transparency in the way on which these companies account for themselves.

"Not just to their shareholders but also to the public."

Ofgem 'must bear down harder' on energy monopolies

Energy Minister Michael Fallon has said that all of the Government's green taxes would be assessed to identify cases where the costs they imposed on customers were too high. In an interview with the Sunday Telegraph, Mr Fallon added:

We have to look at the seven green taxes and see where the burden is too high. And when network costs account for a fifth of bills then Ofgem must bear down harder on distribution monopolies.

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