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Live: Nick Clegg vs Nigel Farage — round one

26 March 2014

This is a live blog for tonight’s debate between Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage, kicking off at 7pm. We’ll be adding in audio from the debate below. This page will automatically update every minute.

20:05 I doubt that tonight’s debate will have changed many minds. Farage started off strongly, taking control of the questions on an EU referendum and immigration. But as the debate went on, he began to see a bit one note and Clegg came more into. One mistake I think Farage made was accusing the EU of having ‘blood on its hands’ in the Ukraine, it made him sound like an apologist for Putin. For his part, Clegg will regret saying that people should ‘read the small print’ on his previous EU referendum promise

1958: Farage accuses the European Union of having ‘blood on its hands in Ukraine’. It’s a very big claim that risks making Farage look like an apologist for Putin.

19.55: The putting your wife on the payroll question is dangerous for Farage as it’s electorally imperative that he doesn’t seem like just another politician

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19:50 Clegg having a stronger second half of the debate, Farage struggling to keep up the intensity he had at the start

19.45: Farage making a good point that we have extradition agreements with lots of countries that aren’t in the EU, the idea we’d never ever be able to extradite anyone from France if we left the EU is absurd

19.30: Farage very fiery, interrupting Clegg and swinging into every question. Clegg visibly riled

19.25: Farage getting the better of Clegg on immigration, pointing out that in work benefits—as opposed to out of work benefits—is the main attraction of moving to the UK

19.15: Clegg and Farage both on form tonight, now clashing over immigration

19.10: Score that first question to Farage

19.05: Farage cleverly trying to flip the question round, asking whether the UK would vote to join the EU. Expect to hear a lot of that, Farage saying that Clegg is just saying publicly what Cameron thinks privately

19:02 Clegg is going heavy on the risks of leaving the EU, warns it would put at risk all the hard work done to right the economy

18.58: The Ukip delegation has just arrived, this is a big test of whether they can do the things that professional political parties have to be able to do

18:50: The spin room for the Clegg / Farage deate is a reminder of the cultural differences between the Lib Dems and Ukip. The Lib Dems have a large spin team assiduously working the room with Danny Alexander and Tim Farron doing on camera interviews. By contrast, I haven’t seen anyone from Ukip yet.

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  • keith

    Westminster bubble nil public one

  • Two Bob

    Farage was not an apologist for Putin, quite the opposite – he stated that the EU handling of it is the reason it has dragged on this long and allowed Putin to do what he did.

  • The Commentator

    Clegg exposed himself for what he is: a cynical, dishonest machine politician who cares nothing for the views of the electorate. Farage on the other hand was simmering with passion and emotion 100% genuine, that’s why he tops the polls.

  • Vinnie

    clegg is such a joke. Making the point about European criminals and being able to try them in the Uk.

    If we adopted Farage’s ideas we wouldn’t need to chase foreign criminals and we wouldn’t have let them emigrate in the first place.

    clegg made some real face palm comments

    But basically it was Farage and clegg saying the same thing they’ve said every week

    Clegg accused Farage of lies but wouldn’t tell us what was gtr true fact

    Playground politics

    • Two Bob

      Difference is Farage was on telly for a whole hour!

  • In2minds

    Clegg was the best liar

  • London Calling

    Pretty even to me…………….:)

  • edward

    Farage won hands down – no argument.

    • Nicholas chuzzlewit

      Be fair a retarded tadpole has more wit, intelligence and grace than Clegg.

  • ButcombeMan

    Poll: LBC Leaders’ Debate – Who Won?

    Who win the LBC Leaders’ Debate?

    65% Nigel Farage

    35% Nick Clegg

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  • alabenn

    Farage won by 57% to 36% in a You Gov poll in which 21% of Lib Dems taking part think Farage won, definitely not a good night for Clegg.

  • Lady Magdalene

    Ferrari did quite well, but he allowed Clegg to monopolise some responses … going off topic and speaking longer than the allotted time.

  • Hello

    “For his part, Clegg will regret saying that people should ‘read the small print’ on his previous EU referendum promise”


    • Colonel Mustard

      I fear the full sinister portent of that advice will be lost on a voting public already subject to the ‘small print tyranny’ of an off-shore call centred, labyrinthine telephone menued, rip off corporate Britain

  • Alexandrovich

    When your handlers tell you to ’emote, emote, emote’ you tend to get thrown when your opponent responds with facts. If I was Nick I think I’d phone in sick next Wednesday.

  • evad666

    Can we get Nick Ferrari hosting Question Time?

  • evad666

    Nigel Farage ran rings around Nick Clegg who was obviously conditioned by his time at the College of Europe in Bruges to ignore reality.

  • Tom

    What came across the most was Clegg avoided answering nearly all the questions directly,instead he seemed to be reading from a pre arranged speech.
    He waffled on and on seemingly going around in circles and he was full of cliches.

    To think this man his deputy prime minister

    • Nicholas chuzzlewit

      I try very hard not to but thanks for reminding me Tom.

      • telemachus

        No Chuz
        You do not think

  • alabenn

    ,Farage won because he nailed the lie about job losses, Clegg because of his smooth disembling

  • ButcombeMan

    Clegg making non point about extradition. He really does not understand that extradition and law enforcement co-operation went on for years before the European arrest warrant. Farage wins the point. (Applause)

  • Jez

    Clegg oozes establishment politics.

  • BuBBleBus

    Clegg goes on about pulling up a drawbridge, but the fact is that he’s worried about the EU putting a drawbridge up against a UK out of their special club.

    • Andy

      Clegg defending his EU Pension.

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