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Police deny Ukip claims Have I Got News For You breached election rules

Ukip accusations that comments made about partly leader Nigel Farage on BBC satire panel show Have I Got News For You broke election law, have failed to spark a police investigation.

Journalist Camilla Long on the Friday (24 April) show claimed that Nigel Farage, who is running for the constituency of South Thanet in Kent, hardly ever visited the seat.

Her statement read: “I went there more than Nigel Farage, by the time I arrived there he’d only been a few times,” was, according to Ukip, "inaccurate" and breached the BBC’s Representation of the People Act concerning general election impartiality.

ITV News reports that Kent Police will not investigate the accusation: “The matter has been reviewed by officers but there’s no evidence of any offences and there will be no further action.”

The BBC’s defence was that HIGNFY contributors “regularly make jokes at the expense of politicians of all parties”.

A Ukip spokesperson said the party is “now at war with the BBC”.

Farage stands against comedian Al Murray for the South Thanet seat in a race which is all but decided.