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Nigel Farage: Ban Migrants With HIV From Entering Britain

The UKIP leader's comments, coming on the day the party gained its first elected MP, unsurprisingly provoked a backlash.

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In an interview with Newsweek Europe, Farage was pushed on who should be allowed to enter Britain.

In response, he declared: "People who do not have HIV, to be frank. That's a good start."

The interview was published as the polls closed for the Clacton by-election, won for UKIP by Douglas Carswell following his recent defection from the Conservative party.

The Terrence Higgins Trust was quick to condemn Farage’s remarks. Chief executive Dr Rosemary Gillespie said in a statement:

"It is to the UK's credit that for more than three decades successive governments, no matter their political stamp, have refused to put in place border controls against people living with HIV.

"Major international organisations, including the United Nations, agree that such draconian measures would have no impact on the epidemic. In bracketing those living with the condition with murderers, and suggesting there is no place for them in his vision of Britain, Mr Farage has stooped to a new level of ignorance."

A number of politicians attacked Farage on Thursday evening.

New level of disgust at Farage tonight. Not a clue about the facts around #HIV. Blatant discrimination.

Pamela Nash MP@pamela_nashFollow

New level of disgust at Farage tonight. Not a clue about the facts around #HIV. Blatant discrimination.

11:44 PM - 09 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Hard to know where to start with this. Farage trying to revive the very worst bigotry of the 80s. Shameful.

David Lammy@DavidLammyFollow

Hard to know where to start with this. Farage trying to revive the very worst bigotry of the 80s. Shameful.

12:00 AM - 10 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

And on Friday morning a woman with HIV challenged Farage over his remarks during a live phone-in on the LBC radio station.

Next topic is UKIP's stance on HIV. The caller is a woman who has lived with HIV for 20 years http://t.co/vJJ9IF4N56 #PhoneFarage

LBC@LBCFollow

Next topic is UKIP's stance on HIV. The caller is a woman who has lived with HIV for 20 years http://t.co/vJJ9IF4N56 #PhoneFarage

9:10 AM - 10 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Farage: we can't turn the national health service into a global health service. http://t.co/vJJ9IF4N56 #PhoneFarage

LBC@LBCFollow

Farage: we can't turn the national health service into a global health service. http://t.co/vJJ9IF4N56 #PhoneFarage

9:10 AM - 10 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Farage claims most other countries have policies that stop people with certain illnesses from coming in http://t.co/vJJ9IF4N56 #PhoneFarage

LBC@LBCFollow

Farage claims most other countries have policies that stop people with certain illnesses from coming in http://t.co/vJJ9IF4N56 #PhoneFarage

9:12 AM - 10 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Listen to the exchange here:

An earlier version of this story incorrectly attributed a Newsweek Europe quote to Farage that was actually made by the interviewer. The quote has now been deleted.

Richard James is acting head of news for BuzzFeed Australia and is based in Sydney.

Contact Richard James at richard.james@buzzfeed.com.

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