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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 quizzed over aide's election leaflet photo

Ukip leader Nigel Farage has shrugged off questions over whether a woman featured in the party's campaign literature should have been identified as one of his aides.

Pictures of Lizzy Vaid appear in several promotional documents portraying her as a grass-roots supporter.

She is captioned as "Lizzy Vaid, Devon". She works as an events manager for the party and assistant to the leader.

She is quoted as saying: "I'll be voting Ukip because they are the only party listening to what people want."

Asked about the labelling during a television interview, Mr Farage said he "did not see the need" to state that she was an employee.

I don't see any reason to do that at all. She is someone in our promotional material who is going to vote for Ukip, she joined Ukip, she got a job with Ukip, because she believes in what we stand for. Do you want us to say the religion of all our candidates?

– Nigel Farage, Ukip leader

"She works for us in our head office in London. I don't think you would ask this question of the Labour Party or the Liberal Democrats or the Conservatives. The fact that Lizzy Vaid is half Indian and works for us is as far as we are concerned a non-issue.

– Nigel Farage

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