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  • 17 May 2014, 1:46

Farage In Bruising Run-In With Radio Presenter

UKIP leader Nigel Farage had a tetchy exchange with a radio presenter as he suggested there was no problem with his wife being German because she did not speak her native tongue on British trains.

The bruising interview with LBC radio presenter James O'Brien was eventually interrupted by Mr Farage's spin doctor.

Mr O'Brien had repeatedly challenged the party leader over recent comments that he felt "uncomfortable" hearing so many foreign languages spoken on trains in London.

Asked whether he was uncomfortable when his wife Kirsten and their daughters spoke German, Mr Farage replied: "No, because they can speak English."

Pressed again on the issue, he said: "I don't suppose she speaks it (German) on the train."

Mr Farage faced a grilling on his comments from February that parts of Britain were "like a foreign land" where "you don't hear English spoken any more".

At the time, he described being on a rush-hour train leaving Charing Cross, saying "it was not until we got past Grove Park that I could hear English being audibly spoken in the carriage".

During the LBC exchange, Mr Farage complained that the media was using inappropriate remarks by a "handful" of activists to portray his party as racist.

"All anyone wants to talk about is the idiots in UKIP," Mr Farage said.

"Wherever we have found people who have had extreme, racist, unpleasant views we have unceremoniously got rid of them..."

Spin doctor Patrick O'Flynn stepped in to complain that the interview was over-running as Mr O'Brien moved on to the subject of Mr Farage's expenses.

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