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Labour supporters cheer Miliband's Ukip challenge

Ed Miliband has directly challenged the Ukip leader Nigel Farage as he tried to relaunch the Labour party.

Mr Miliband vowed that his party would talk more about immigration but told Labour supporters that they could "take this lot apart."

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Farage: Cameron 'in real political trouble' over EU budget

Nigel Farage said an increased EU budget contribution is "outrageous". Credit: PA

Ukip leader Nigel Farage said:

David Cameron once claimed that he had reduced the EU budget - but the UK contribution went up - and now, quite incredibly, our contribution goes up a second time. It's just outrageous.

The EU is like a thirsty vampire feasting on UK taxpayers' blood. We need to protect the innocent victims, who are us.

– Nigel Farage

Mr Farage told the Press Association that Mr Cameron is in "real political trouble".

Yes, it's outrageous, but that's how the European Union works.

He's in a very weak position. He can do nothing about this.

And I think, really, he's now being pushed into a position where, unless he brings forward his referendum promise, I think he's in real political trouble.

– Nigel Farage

Farage defends joining forces with right-wing Polish MEP

Ukip leader Nigel Farage has defended his decision to join forces with a member of a right-wing Polish party to save his grouping in the European Parliament.

The Eurosceptic Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD) group escaped disbandment after it recruited Polish Congress of the New Right (KNP) member Robert Iwaszkiewicz, keeping up its tally of MEPs from at least seven member states.

Ukip leader Nigel Farage said he had found nothing in the MEP's background to suggest he was an extremist. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Farage insisted that he had found nothing in Iwaszkiewicz's background to suggest that he was an extremist.

Asked about the MEP's reported comment that there were "quite a few wives around who'd be brought back down to earth" if their husbands hit them, Farage told BBC Radio 4's The World At One, "I think that comment was a joke."

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Farage: Ukip would prop up Tories in exchange for EU referendum

Nigel Farage has said his party would prop up a minority Conservative government if it agreed to a "full, free and fair referendum" on Britain's EU membership.

The Ukip leader told BBC1's Sunday Politics:

The price would be a full, free and fair referendum on our continued membership of the European Union, the opportunity to get our country back, and for that to happen quickly.

– nigel farage, ukip leader

It means the eurosceptic party would agree to a confidence and supply arrangement, where it backs or abstains on budget and legislative programme votes.

Umunna: Ukip must address 'racists' in its ranks

Labour's Chuka Umunna has called on Ukip to address "racists" in its ranks after allegedly receiving abusive tweets from supporters of the party.

Chuka Umunna allegedly received racist texts from supporters of Ukip. Credit: Sky News/Murnaghan

Asked about the messages on Sky News, the shadow business secretary said: "Of course there are racists in Ukip - that is unfortunate and that is something they need to address.

"They say terrible things about women, they say terrible things about different parts of our society."

Umunna said the party understood that immigration was a "concern" for many Brits - and a key campaign issue for Ukip - but insisted he would not say "I agree with Nigel" [Farage] on leaving the European Union and thus preventing freedom of movement into Britain.

"Europe is our biggest trading partner. Europe provides jobs. Our links with Europe provide jobs in this country and [Ukip] want to walk off with their bat and do nothing," he said.

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