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Farage: I won't use 'swarm' to describe migrants again

Nigel Farage has said he won't be using the word "swarm" again to describe migrants after getting caught up in the controversy.

The Ukip leader had earlier said he wouldn't use the term, just hours after doing so on Good Morning Britain.

Mr Farage told ITV News he did not want to get hung up on the issue and would rather focus on how to bring the crisis under control.

Farage caught out over 'swarms of migrants' comment

The Ukip leader told GMB his car was 'surrounded by swarms of potential migrants'. Credit: PA

Nigel Farage has said be would not describe migrants as "swarms", just hours after doing so.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, the Ukip leader said he was "not seeking to use language like that" and suggested the Prime Minister was simply trying to appear tough on immigration.

But on Good Morning Britain today he said: "A couple of times I've been sat on the motorway and surrounded by swarms of potential migrants to Britain."


Farage: Use Army to check Dover vehicles for migrants

The Ukip leader said police and border agencies were overburdened. Credit: PA

Nigel Farage has said Britain should consider calling in the Army to help check vehicles for migrants at Dover.

The Ukip leader also said the situation around Calais is "virtually lawless" and hit out at French authorities for not doing enough to clamp down on the problem.

In an interview with LBC, Mr Farage said using the Army was justified in a civil emergency to help the "overburdened" police and border agencies.

He told LBC: "If in a crisis to make sure we have actually got the manpower to check lorries coming in, to stop people illegally coming to Britain, if in those circumstances we can use the Army or any other forces then why not?"

Police: No evidence of electoral fraud in Thanet South

Initial inquiries by Kent Police have so far found "no evidence" of electoral fraud in Thanet South, the seat that Ukip's Nigel Farage failed to win at the general election.

The force was contacted by a member of the public on Monday after Mr Farage lost out to the Conservatives' Craig Mackinlay, who racked up 18,838 votes to Mr Farage's 16,026.

On Monday May 11, Kent Police was contacted by a member of the public from outside the county around election fraud due to speculation on social media in South Thanet.

Initial inquiries by officers have been carried out and so far no evidence of electoral fraud has been found.

– Kent Police Spokesperson


Police probe report of electoral fraud in Thanet South

Police are looking into an allegation of electoral fraud in Thanet South, the seat which Ukip leader Nigel Farage failed to win at the general election.

Nigel Farage (left) joins comedian Al Murray in congratulation Conservative winner Craig Mackinlay Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Mr Farage lost to the Conservatives' Craig Mackinlay who won 18,838 votes to Mr Farage's 16,026.

A Kent Police spokesman said: "Kent Police has received a report of electoral fraud. Inquiries are ongoing."

Farage quit as Ukip leader after the result, but his resignation was rejected by the party and he remains as leader.

Ukip '100% behind' Nigel Farage leadership

Ukip's National Executive Committee has denied coming under pressure from Nigel Farage to reject his own resignation and said the body was "100% behind" the leader.

Nigel Farage Credit: PA Wire

It comes after reports suggested Farage was in the room for deliberations about the party leadership.

Chairman Steve Crowther said: "There was not the slightest suggestion that the NEC was anything other than unanimous in its wish for Nigel to withdraw his resignation.

"He spent a considerable time making the case for his resignation, and the appointment of an interim leader, but there was no-one in the committee who did not want him to stay on.

"He left the room while it was further discussed. I took the views of members and they unanimously asked him to remain as leader. The NEC is 100% behind Nigel as we go forward in to the referendum campaign which is already under way."

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Farage: There are huge battles to come - and I'm ready

Ukip's Nigel Farage has revealed he felt he "owed it" to the party to stay on as leader when the national executive committee rejected his resignation.

In a first-person piece written forThe Telegraph, he said he felt there were "huge battles about to take place", adding that he had to put the country's interests first and foremost - as well as honour the wishes of the party's members.

Nigel Farage announced his resignation on Friday - but this was rejected by the party Credit: PA

Ukip will focus on electorial reform, he said, highlighting the four million votes they won - returning just one MP to Parliament - compared to the 56 SNP MPs elected on just 1.4 million votes between them.

And the major issue on the horizon, he added, was the promised referendum on Britain's membership of the EU.

As much as I wanted to spend the summer fishing, walking, and of course, in the European Parliament where all hell is currently breaking loose – that I owed it to the party that got me here.

There are some huge battles about to take place, and as much as I had thought that taking at least the summer off was in my best interests, I realise now that the party comes before me, and indeed, that this country comes before both.

With a European Referendum potentially on the horizon, I feel the need to stay involved for just a little bit longer, to add my voice to those who want Britain to be a country that trades and deals with the world, rather than ties itself to a post-WWII mind set about Europe and the political union.

Have I done the right thing by my party and my country? I think so. And I’m sure many people will have their opinions on the matter. All I can say is that I’m ready for the challenges ahead.

The fight starts here.

– Nigel Farage
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