Nick Clegg is hoping that there are votes to pick up in being the clearest voice on the pro-Europe side of the debate.
The manager of the hotel that inspired the TV show Fawlty Towers has praised the work of his immigrant staff - unlike the hapless Manuel.
Labour won the Wythenshawe and Sale East parliamentary by-election today while the Conservatives were pushed into third place by Ukip.
A Conservative MP has claimed there is a "sinister element" to the UK Independence Party.
In an interview with House magazine, Robert Halfon accused Ukip MEP Gerard Batten of supporting a policy "literally akin to the Nazis" by suggesting Muslims should sign a charter rejecting violence.
Mr Halfon's Jewish grandfather was forced to flee Libya to escape persecution.
He also ridiculed former Ukip MEP Godfrey Bloom, who now sits as an independent after calling women at a meeting "sluts" and hitting the Channel Four News reporter Michael Crick on the head with a party conference programme, "as a cross between Sid James and Bernard Manning".
Ukip leader Nigel Farage dismissed the Tory backbencher's "hysterical slurs" which he claimed "are the result of a growing Tory terror of Ukip's rising popularity all over the country."
Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg says he is delighted that dates have been set for a debate with Ukip leader Nigel Farage on the European Union.
The fiercely pro-European Deputy Prime Minister challenged Mr Farage to a debate a fortnight ago, and the announcement of the arrangements came as Mr Clegg used a speech in London to ramp up his attack on the eurosceptic party's leader.
"I am delighted that it has been confirmed that these debates will happen. I'm relishing the prospect of talking about how the Liberal Democrats are fighting to keep Britain in Europe to protect British jobs while Ukip want to yank us out and threaten our recovery." The Deputy Prime Minister said.
Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg is to go head to head with Ukip's Nigel Farage in two broadcast debates on the European Union in the run-up to the May 22 elections to the European Parliament.
Following negotiations between the parties and broadcasters, a radio debate will take place on LBC on March 26, hosted by Nick Ferrari, and a televised debate on BBC2 on April 2, hosted by David Dimbleby.
Broadcasting watchdog Ofcom has ruled that the UK Independence Party (Ukip) should be given the same status as the Conservatives, Labour and Liberal Democrats.
Ofcom said Ukip must be treated as a "major party" in England and Wales for election broadcasts.
"We hope that all broadcast outlets will reflect on the fact that patterns of support in British politics are changing very quickly and that more and more people are supporting and voting for Ukip," the party's director of communications Patrick O'Flynn said.
The Ofcom rules state that "due weight must be given to the coverage of major parties during the election period" and there must be "due impartiality."
The Prime Minister has been accused of undermining the party's chances of winning at the next election over its immigration policy, according to the Conservative leader of Guildford Council.
In a letter to Mr Cameron, Stephen Mansbridge said that he feared the borough would lose its Tory majority for the first time in 12 years and that MP Anne Milton would be defeated at the election because of government policies.
We have lost many Conservative Party members - indeed whole branches of the local association - due to carious government policies, and Ukip won over 20 per cent of the vote in the local elections last year in Surrey.
Immigration, the EU and gay marriage are frequently given as reasons for this.
Home Secretary Theresa May has dismissed claims that the Tories need to have a clearer narrative on immigration, after former defence secretary Dr Liam Fox warned the Prime Minister he would be guilty of "complacency" if he failed to address the damage Ukip could do at the ballot box.
– Theresa May, Home Secretary
In all honesty, whatever the Government does to reduced the pull factors that draw people to Britain, as long as there is such an enormous disparity in terms of income per head, there will be an overwhelming incentive for people to move from poorer nations to richer states.
David Cameron must ditch the pledge to bring net migration down to tens of thousands and instead focus efforts on curbing the number of low-skilled workers heading to Britain to stave off the threat from Ukip, a former defence secretary has said.
Liam Fox warned the Prime Minister he would be guilty of "dangerous complacency" if he failed to address the damage Nigel Farage's party could do at the ballot box.
In an interview with The Sunday Telegraph, the Eurosceptic called for the party to drop the "statistical nonsense" and develop a "clearer narrative" on immigration.
Dr Fox said: "If the Tories are to bring back enough of these voters to win an overall majority at the election, then there needs to be a clearer narrative on immigration, stressing not only the need to restrict numbers, but also to determine which individuals, with what skills enter our country."
ITV News political correspondent Romilly Weeks has tweeted:
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