Nigel Farage is late for an event. Blames immigrants

Nigel Farage has blamed “immigration” after missing a meeting with UKIP supporters this weekend.

The UKIP leader was due to meet 100 supporters on Friday evening, each of whom paid £25 to meet him, however delays to his journey meant he was unable to make the appointment.

When asked why he was late by the BBC’s Sunday Politics Wales programme, Farage said: “It took me six hours and 15 minutes to get here - it should have taken three-and-a-half to four.

“That is nothing to do with professionalism, what it does have to do with is a population that is going through the roof chiefly because of open-door immigration and the fact that the M4 is not as navigable as it used to be.”

Farage has been widely criticised for his comments, with the Twitter hashtag #UKIPtravel springing up to poke fun.

Shadow Welsh secretary Owen Smith told the BBC: “Remarks like these are what makes Farage so dangerous. 

“It is clearly absurd to suggest heavy traffic on the M4 is caused by immigration, but through the laughter at his silly comments you can hear UKIP’s dog-whistle politics of division.”

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