Farage Hits Back At Clegg Over Lazy Jibe At UKIP
Wednesday 5th March 2014
Nigel Farage has hit back at Nick Clegg's lazy jibe at UKIP MEPs.
Warming up for the first live debate between the two party leaders, the Deputy Prime Minister said Mr Farage was not acting in the best interests of the UK.
Mr Clegg said: "Nigel Farage and deputy leader Paul Nuttall rarely turn up to vote in the European Parliament, despite being happy to take their tax-payer-funded salaries.
"UKIP MEPs refuse to roll up their sleeves and get down to work. Nigel Farage hasn't tabled a single amendment to EU legislation since July 2009."
But speaking to Nick Ferrari, the UKIP leader claimed Clegg was the lazy one.
He told LBC: "This debate would never have happened without LBC and before referee Ferrari has ever rung the bell, he's already thrown the first punch. OK, if that's how you want it Nick, here it is.
"I lead a national political party and for me to vote, I have to get to Strasbourg, which is eight hours away from home. I've voted 45% of the time since I've been leader of UKIP.
"You, by contrast, live in London and yes, you're Deputy Prime Minister, but you've only voted 22% of the time since 2010.
"And I've dug back further Nick. Between 2005 and 2010, when you were an MP and for part of that time, the leader of the Lib Dems, you only voted 42% of the time, despite the fact Westminster is just down the road.
"Really, I don't think you've picked the right battle here son."
The first leaders debate on Europe will take place exclusively live on LBC on 26th March.