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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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Farage challenged over employing his German wife

Ukip leader Nigel Farage has been forced to defend employing his wife, an immigrant from Germany, who is paid by the British taxpayer. Mr Farage was put on the spot about employing his wife as a secretary by political journalist Nick Robinson.

She came here as a highly-skilled person, earning a high salary, paying a very large amount of tax.

– Nigel Farage on employing his wife, who happens to be an immigrant

Asked if she was taking someone else's job, he said: "No, I don't think so, because I don't think anybody else would want to be in my house at midnight, going through e-mails, getting me briefed for the next day. If you look at Westminster, one in four MPs employs a close family relative."

She earns a very modest salary, for working extremely unsociable hours for me, being available seven days a week. It's a very different situation to the mass of hundreds of thousands of people coming in and flooding the lower ends of the labour market in Britain.

– Nigel Farage

Mr Farage also said his wife had some times worked for him without being paid and he didn't know anyone else who would take a job that involved being available at 1am and 2am.

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