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Farage defends 'racist' Ukip immigration posters

Nigel Farage has defended a controversial new Ukip poster campaign that claims 26 million unemployed Europeans are "after" British jobs. The party's leader is beginning his tour of the country on Tuesday ahead of May's European elections.

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Ukip numbers rise sees them closing on Lib Dems

Nigel Farage and Nick Clegg during one of their debates over Britain's involvement in the European Union Credit: PA Images

The UK Independence Party says it now has more than 36,000 members, putting it around 8,000 behind the Liberal Democrats.

The party, led by Nigel Farage, said it was on course to overtake Nick Clegg's junior coalition party before next year's general election.

Mr Clegg has appealed to pro-European Tories and Labour to counter Ukip's eurosceptic arguments ahead of this year's European Elections on 22nd May. Writing in The Guardian, Mr Clegg labelled Ukip as part of the anti-Brussels establishment.

He said: "Farage is every bit the professional politician he enthusiastically reviles. He and I were elected to the European Parliament on the same day in 1999. I left after five years. The Ukip leader is still there."

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