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Farage accuses Cameron of sabotaging TV debates

Nigel Farage has accused the Prime Minister of sabotaging the TV leaders' debates.

Speaking on ITV's Loose Women, the Ukip leader agreed David Cameron was "running scared," telling the panel, "He's sabotaged the whole thing".

Ukip leader Nigel Farage speaks to Loose Women. Credit: ITV/Loose Women

"He's now said he'll do one debate, but he'll do it before the proper campaign starts,so it's not going to be a proper debate, " Farage said.

"Had it been a four-headed debate, there were one or two conversations I wanted to have with the Prime Minister that I don't think he would have been answer, and I suspect that's why they've sabotaged."

Farage 'concerned' Ukip being perceived as prejudiced

Nigel Farage admitted he was "concerned" that Ukip was being perceived as prejudiced after announcing the party's immigration policy.

"I don't want this party to be perceived as anything other than an open, inclusive political party, which without doubt it is," he said following a speech in central London.

Ukip leader Nigel Farage announces the party's immigration policy. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

"I want to live in a country that is at ease with itself, where we speak the same language ... where our kids can play football with each other, and we all get on," Farage said.

He also insisted there had been "no softening" of Ukip's approach on immigration, calling it "firm but fair".

Farage promises 'common sense' immigration approach

Nigel Farage has promised a "common sense" approach to immigration after dropping proposals to introduce a 50,000 cap on net migration.

The Ukip leader said he would restore "sanity" by introducing an Australian-style points-based system to control who would be allowed to settle in the UK and take back control of the borders by leaving the European Union.

Ukip leader Nigel Farage unveils the party's immigration policy. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Farage claimed that under the plan, 27,000 people would have been granted entry to Britain last year and it was "very unlikely that we would need 50,000 people".

"We as a party hold no prejudice against anyone on the grounds of their nationality, their religion or their race," He told an audience in central London. "But we are calling for a return to sanity."

Farage wants to bring immigration 'back to normality'

Nigel Farage said he wants to bring immigration into Britain "back to normality," with numbers similar to those seen before 2000.

"Net migration into Britain varied between about 20,000 and 50,000 a year," the Ukip leader told Good Morning Britain.

"The effect of Ukip policies will be to bring us back to those sort of numbers," he said.

"What we're pushing here represents a drastic cut."

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Farage hints another Tory MP could defect to Ukip

Nigel Farage has hinted there is still a chance that another Conservative MP could defect to Ukip before the General Election.

Asked in an interview with the Sunday Telegraph (£) whether he was in discussions with any Tory MPs, Farage said: "The last time I spoke about this I said I would be surprised if there were not more.

Ukip leader Nigel Farage. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

"There is one conversation we are still having. But do you know what - it is not very relevant now. Last year it was a big deal."

Unlike Douglas Carswell and Mark Reckless - who both triggered and won by-elections - a Tory jumping ship now would be likely to hold on to their seat until the General Election in May.

Farage claims parties fear Ukip will be 'Kingmaker'

Both Labour and the Conservative parties "fear" Ukip, leader Nigel Farage claims.

Mr Farage said they feared that general election will return a hung parliament leaving his party with the balance of power.

Nigel Farage. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Farage, writing in the Daily Telegraph, outlined Ukip's major policy areas ahead of his first major speech of the campaign in Essex today.

He reiterated his claim that the party would not enter "any coalition deals with the establishment parties" and said the campaign had been "incredibly dull so far".

No-one will have a majority after this election. They all know it. But the thing they fear most is a sizeable number of Ukip MPs holding them to account for you.

When we say we believe in Britain, we believe in the whole of Britain. We are the only party with representation in all four corners of the UK.

– Nigel Farage
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