WATCH: Labour And Ukip Clash In LBC Debate

5 May 2015, 21:14

Hamilton Defends Ukip From Labour's "Smears And Slurs"

Neil Hamilton of Ukip and Chuka Umunna of Labour clash over Ukip's attitude to immigrants in the UK.

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Labour's Chuka Umunna and Ukip's Neil Hamilton clashed a number of times in fiery exchanges during LBC's Business Debate.

After first arguing with each other during a question on the EU, the pair then had a fiery exchange after a question from LBC caller Ahmed on the benefits of immigration.

Hamilton accused Umunna of aiming "smears and slurs" at his party after the Labour man said Ukip blame all of the country's problems on immigration.

After first arguing with each other during a question on the EU, the pair then had a fiery exchange after a question from LBC caller Ahmed on the benefits of immigration.

Ahmed asked the panellists in the debate, who also included Matthew Hancock of the Conservatives and Vince Cable of the Lib Dems, what the benefits of immigration were to the UK economy.

"At the present rate and flow of immigration, it's undoubtedly a massive problem for the UK," said Hamilton.

Chuka Umunna gave his reasons for supporting controlled immigratio benfore rounding on Ukip in a stinging attack on the party.

"In terms of the overall rhetoric that comes from Ukip, frankly most things that are wrong with the country tend to be blamed on immigrants."

"Nonsense," replied Hamilton, "smears and slurs."

Umunna continued: "Your leader gets stuck in a traffic jam and blames it on immigration. We have seen a stream of invective and numerous people...who have come out with a stream of racist invective. That is why I think they have got a problem."

Watch the full exchange above.

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