Nick Clegg has leapt to the defence of Nigel Farage, saying protesters who reportedly chased the Ukip leader and his family out of a pub should "leave his wife and kids out of it".
I disagree with Nigel Farage too but leave his wife and kids out of it. Intimidating a politician's family is never acceptable.
A Ukip source has told ITV News that yesterday's pub protest against Nigel Farage was a "pretty frightening experience".
Farage branded protesters who allegedly chased him out of a Kent pub before jumping on his car as "scum".
ITV News Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship reports:
A group of anti-Ukip protesters who invaded a pub where Nigel Farage was reportedly having lunch, forcing him to flee, have denied that he was with his children.
Protest organiser Dan Glass said: "He was sitting on his own and left on his own. We didn't see any kids".
Mr Farage called the demonstrators 'scum' after he said they scared his two young children and forced them to run away and hide. The children are now understood to have been found and returned home.
Nigel Farage has branded anti-Ukip protesters "scum" after they invaded a pub where he was having a family lunch.
The party leader was apparently with his wife and two younger daughters at the Queen's Head in Downe, Kent, when the incident took place.
Dozens of demonstrators initially went into the George & Dragon, where Mr Farage has previously been pictured having a drink, before realising he was in the other pub nearby.
They are said to have gone into the Queen's Head, chased the Farages out and then jumped on the Ukip leader's car bonnet as he drove away.
Mr Farage said afterwards: "I hope these 'demonstrators' are proud of themselves. My children were so scared by their behaviour that they ran away to hide.
"At the time of writing this a relative has gone to look for them, and they are not yet at home. These people are scum."
Protest organiser Dan Glass said the group was in fancy dress and included migrants, HIV activists, gay people, disabled people and breastfeeding mums.
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Nigel Farage has insisted he does not want to abolish the UK's race relations laws after critics rounded on him for his comments earlier today.
However, the Ukip leader said he did want to relax employment laws to help British youth into work - whether they are black or white.
ITV News correspondent Chris Ship reports.
Nigel Farage has been widely condemned over his call for laws banning racial discrimination in employment to be scrapped.
The Ukip leader said employers should be able to employ British people over somebody from Poland without fearing they've breached discrimination laws.
"What the law doesn't do is protect British workers - both black and white - who find themselves now really struggling in the workplace."
ITV News correspondent Chris Ship reports.
Employers should be be able to discriminate in favour of British workers, Nigel Farage has said.
Following strong criticism of his comments from David Cameron and Ed Miliband, the Ukip leader said: "What the law doesn't do is protect British workers - both black and white - who find themselves now really struggling in the workplace.
"Employers should be able to employ British people over somebody from Poland without fearing they've breached discrimination laws.
"I'm not talking about abolishing race relations in this country, I'm talking about lightening employment legislation so small employers are less fearful of non-British workers."
Nigel Farage told a Channel 4 documentary that British employers should be allowed to choose workers on the basis of their nationality.
Video credit: Things We Won't Say About Race That Are True. Channel 4, 9pm, 19th March
In a clip from 'Things We Won't Say About Race That Are True', the Ukip leader tells ex-equalities watchdog chief Trevor Phillips:
If an employer wishes to choose, or you can use the word ‘discriminate’ if you want to, but wishes to choose to employ a British-born person, they should be allowed to do so.