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Farage: Send Navy to help Mediterranean migrants

The Royal Navy should be sent to the Mediterranean to help thousands of migrants following the latest boat disaster, Nigel Farage has said.

Ukip leader Nigel Farage. Credit: PA Wire

After accusing David Cameron yesterday of "directly causing" the deaths of migrants in the Mediterranean Sea by bombing Libya in 2011, the Ukip leader said if he was Prime Minister he would send the Royal Navy to help.

Speaking in Rochester, Mr Farage said: "We could help. We could send the Royal Navy down, but it's a question of what's the signal - is the signal 'If they keep on coming we'll keep on taking you' or is the signal 'We're very sorry, we can't take you'?"

Asked what he would do as Prime Minister, Mr Farage said: "I would say there is a horrible humanitarian crisis going on, we'll send the Royal Navy - what's left of it - to help, we will divert part of our £20 billion a year aid budget."

He said Mr Cameron has a "very big challenge" when he attends a summit on the migrant crisis at the European Council in Brussels on Thursday.

Farage accuses rivals of 'appeasement' over Scotland

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has accued David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg of "appalling weakness in the face of the aggressive tactics of the SNP", which he says will "threaten the future of the United Kingdom".

Mr Farage was speaking in response to the SNP's election manifesto, which was launched this morning.

Only UKIP will stand up for the interests of English voters and Welsh voters too. Only UKIP says that votes on matters only affecting England should be limited to English MPs at every stage of the legislative process.

– Nigel Farage

Farage: Labour's immigration plan is a 'diversion'

Ukip leader Nigel Farage has dismissed Labour's plan to tackle immigration enforce strong borders and tackle the exploitation of workers as a "diversion".

Mr Farage said: "It's a big diversion. Labour will talk about anything but open borders. It was the Labour government that opened up the door to 10 former communist countries to have unlimited access into this country. That's the debate that Ed Miliband simply won't have."

Michael Gove rules out Conservative deal with Ukip

Chief Whip Michael Gove has ruled out any post-election deal with Ukip. Credit: Anthony Devlin / PA Wire/PA Images

Senior Conservative Michael Gove has ruled out a deal with Nigel Farage's Ukip party if the Tories fails to win an outright majority in the general election.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph Mr Gove said: "I don't want to say anything disobliging about Nigel Farage or about people in Ukip, but I've got no appetite, interest or inclination towards doing a deal with anyone."

When pressed specifically on whether his party could make agreements with Ukip on a vote-by-vote basis, Mr Gove insisted: "No, no, no. There won't be. Firstly, I don't think there will be many Ukip MPs - if any - after the election...But we're not going into talks with them, no.

He added: "I'll be perfectly civil with any member of Parliament from any party after the next General Election and if they want to vote for Conservative policies, then great. But we're not going to get into bed with them, no."


Farage to answer viewer's questions on 'Ask Nigel' programme

Farage to answer viewer's questions on 'Ask Nigel' programme Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Nigel Farage will be given half an hour to answer viewer questions a week before the general election in a programme to be aired on BBC One on 30th April.

The Ukip leader said he was "delighted" to appear.

Miliband and Farage 'impressed most' during debate

People watching last night's "challengers' debate" were most impressed by Ed Miliband and Nigel Farage, the ITV News/YouGov daily poll suggests.

Miliband and Farage topped the table with 15% each, with the SNP's Nicola Sturgeon a close third, according to a YouGov representative sample using the ITV News daily poll app.

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