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Farage popularity hit by ongoing Ukip blunders

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has been criticised after his attempts to defend a former UKIP parliamentary candidate's remarks about Chinese people and homosexuals only appeared to make matters worse.

Mr Farage said controversial comments made by disgraced former Ukip candidate Kerry Smith were because he was a "rough diamond".

ITV News' Political Correspondent Carl Dinnen reports on how the controversy is affecting Mr Farage's popularity.

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Nigel Farage: Russell Brand is 'lightweight and has a chest hair make-up artist'

Nigel Farage: Russell Brand is 'lightweight and has chest hair make up artist'. Credit: PA

Nigel Farage has hit back at Russell Brand, saying the comedian and activist was "lighter weight than expected" and has a "personal make-up artist to straighten his chest hair".

Everyone fancied that Mr Brand and I might butt heads, but actually, as we entered the studio, and his personal make-up artist straightened his chest hair for him, I kid you not, I realised that perhaps he might be a bit lighter weight than expected.

For all Mr Brand’s posturing, he was really quite limp. Maybe it was the chapstick that his make-up artist applied to his lips at the last moment, but he didn’t seem to utter a word of sense.

– Nigel Farage writing for the Independent

The Ukip leader made the comments in a column for the Independent after the two appeared on BBC Question time last night.

Farage: Breastfeeding comments 'wildly misrepresented'

Nigel Farage has told ITV Wales his comments on breastfeeding mothers were "wildly misrepresented".

Ukip leader Nigel Farage speaks to ITV Wales Political Editor Adrian Masters. Credit: ITV Wales/Adrian Masters

The Ukip leader stressed that he was not against breastfeeding, but that he respects the rights of private businesses towards their customers.

Farage's suggestion that breastfeeding mothers should "perhaps sit in the corner" was met with widespread criticism yesterday.

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Yvette Cooper: Nigel Farage should 'sit in a corner'

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has hit out at Nigel Farage after the Ukip leader said breastfeeding mothers should "perhaps sit in the corner" to avoid disturbing people around them.

Ms Cooper tweeted:

Leaders Live: Watch highlights from Nigel Farage's Q&A

Ukip leader Nigel Farage was the second political leader to take questions from young voters as part of Bite the Ballot's Leaders Live season.

During the live Q&A, Mr Farage answered questions on the EU, immigration, democracy and education in an exchange with the studio audience that was heated at times.

Subscribe to the BITE News YouTube channel to get all the latest updates and to ask your questions to the party leaders.

Watch the whole Q&A with Nigel Farage here.

Farage to deliver Ukip's message to a 'new generation of voters'

Ukip leader Nigel Farage has said his Leaders Live event on Tuesday 2nd December is an opportunity to deliver his party's message to a "new generation of voters".

I am very much looking forward to the launch of Leaders Live. Taking part in Leaders Live is a fantastic opportunity to deliver Ukip's message straight to the new generation of voters, and perhaps more importantly hear their concerns and take their questions directly.

– nigel farage, ukip
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