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Ed Miliband most mentioned on Twitter during debate

Ed Miliband was the leader with the most mentions on social media during the challengers' debate tonight.

Although the Labour leader topped the mentions, there was no detail yet on how many of them were positive or negative.

Ed Miliband.

According to Twitter the rank of most mentioned on using the #BBCDebate was:

  • 1. @Ed_Miliband
  • 2. @NicolaSturgeon
  • 3. @Nigel_Farage
  • 4. @natalieben
  • 5. @LeanneWood

Top most tweeted moment saw 8,125 tweets per minute when David Dimbleby backed audience selection after Nigel Farage attacked what he called the "left-wing" group.

Watch: Farage met with jeers after questioning debate audience

The second most tweeted moment also belonged to the Ukip leader, when he was discussing immigration and public housing which saw 4,829 Tweets per minute.

Farage met with jeers after questioning debate audience

Nigel Farage was met with a stern reaction from the audience at the live leaders' debate when he accused the BBC of providing a biased 'left wing' group.

There were jeers and hisses as the Ukip leader said: "There just seems to be a total lack of comprehension on this panel and indeed amongst this audience which is a remarkable audience even by the left wing standards of the BBC. I mean this lot's pretty left-wing believe me."

Presenter David Dimbleby told Mr Farage that the audience was picked by an independent polling organisation to represent people across the political divide.

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Silent 'Wit And Wisdom Of Nigel Farage' track to be released

A completely silent track entitled The Wit And Wisdom Of Nigel Farage is being released by an independent record label.

Alcopop! Records will release the blank 7" vinyl on 4th May, the week of the general election.

Alcopop! Records cover of their satirical record named "The Wit and Wisdom of Nigel Farage" Credit: Alcopop! Records/PA Wire

A remix of the track by experimental metal band Enter Shikari will feature dripping taps, ambient noise and seagulls and will be on the B side.

A proportion of the profits will be donated to the Migrants Rights Network, an NGO which campaigns in support of immigrants in Britain.

We're not a massively political label, and we're not trying to tell people who to vote for.

We're just genuinely terrified at what could happen to this country if people listen to the slick, media savvy cult of Farage rather than actually looking at his policies.

So anything we can do in our small way to make people question his political motives is something we're delighted to be involved in.

– Jack Clothier, Alcopop!

The idea is based on Stiff Records's 1980 record The Wit And Wisdom Of Ronald Reagan, a completely silent LP which sold 30,000 copies.

Farage: 'I wish Tony Blair was here this morning'

ITV News has spoken exclusively to Nigel Farage on board a boat in Grimsby, with the Ukip leader claiming his party is set to win in the constituency.

Farage said "I wish Tony Blair was here this morning", as he noted that he had just seen a boat load of cars being imported from Germany.

He said it highlighted that Britain imported "a million cars a year more than we export", and dismissed claims that leaving the EU would stop European businesses trading with the UK.

"There are no drawbacks for trade [from an EU exit]. Just look at those three thousand cars that came off that boat and understand that trade isn't made by government.

"Trade [happens] because a consumer likes a product and is prepared to pay the price."

Farage was joined on a campaign visit by Joey Essex, who is meeting the four major party leaders as part of an ITV2 programme.

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Joey Essex tells Nigel Farage 'I love your coat'

Joey Essex tells Nigel Farage 'I love your coat'

Joey Essex praised Nigel Farage's dress sense as they met in Grimsby this morning.

The reality star told the Ukip leader: "I love your jacket...we're matching."

The Only Way Is Essex star is meeting the four top political leaders as part of an ITV2 programme.

He said today: "I don't really understand much about the political life...I'm just trying to show the youth that it's a good thing to vote."

Nigel Farage launches cutting attack on Tony Blair

Nigel Farage has launched a cutting attack on Tony Blair after the former Prime Minister joined the fray in the general election fight.

Nigel Farage enjoys a Ukip cake on the campaign trail. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

The leader of Ukip said: "Blair was PM when the government promised a referendum on the EU constitution before the name of that was changed to the 'Lisbon Treaty' and he cynically withdrew his offer.

"Blair was also an enthusiast for British membership of the Eurozone and had personal ambitions to become 'President of Europe,' and how has that worked out for Europe and him?”

Farage continued, “It is no surprise to see him pat Miliband on the back for signing up to the corporatist EU agenda."

However Mr Farage did agree with Tony Blair's comments on David Cameron, saying: “his comments on Cameron’s position on Europe are quite right. Cameron has no intention of leaving the EU."

Ukip 'becoming the opposition party in north of England'

Nigel Farage has said Ukip is "becoming the opposition party" in northern England following the defection of Conservative candidate Mike Whitehead earlier today.

The Ukip leader denied Whitehead had been sacked by the Conservatives before he moved parties.

"He'd been having an argument in East Yorkshire with the Conservative Party," Farage said.

"I think when you boil it down what it really comes down to is this - in the north of England the Conservative Party are beginning to disappear the way they have in Scotland, and that Ukip is now becoming the opposition party in the north of England."

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