Laura Sandys, a Conservative MP in the marginal South Thanet seat which is facing a strong UKIP challenge, tackled Farage over his comments during an event at Chatham House in London, saying she was 'absolutely surprised' to hear him allying himself with the Russian leader.
Speaking at an event at Chatham House, Farage said: 'We are saying to BNP voters, if you are voting BNP because you are frustrated, upset with the change in your community but you are doing it holding your nose, because you don’t agree with their racist agenda, come and vote for us.'
Nigel Farage defended his approach at a Chatham House event: 'I said I don't like him [Vladimir Putin], I wouldn't trust him and I wouldn't want to live in his country, but compared with the kids who run foreign policy in this country, I've more respect for him than our lot.'
Speaking at Chatham House, Joe Twyman, the director of political research at YouGov, said he believed UKIP would top the May election, despite the pollster currently putting them in third place.
Speaking at a debate at Chatham House, Mr Farage said BNP voters who had switched to UKIP had been 'holding their nose' over what he described as the party's 'racist agenda' and found a more suitable home with UKIP.