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Doing LBC radio show makes no difference to my job as MEP - Farage

Nigel Farage has said that hosting a new daily radio show will not interfere with his duties as an MEP.

The Liberal Democrats questioned whether the former Ukip leader should keep his European Parliament salary after it was announced that he is to host a programme of political debate on LBC which will be presented largely from the broadcaster's London studios.

Mr Farage told the Press Association: "This makes no difference to my job as an MEP. You can tell the Liberal Democrats I'm going to cut my political working week down to 40 hours from 100. And we will be broadcasting the show from Brussels next Tuesday."

The comments came after a Lib Dem spokesman expressed doubts that the hour-long week-night phone-in was compatible with Mr Farage's political role.

"Shouldn't he be, you know, turning up to his office in the European Parliament? If not, maybe he could donate his MEP salary to the NHS?" the Lib Dem spokesman said.

The leading Brexit campaigner was previously tipped by US President-elect Donald Trump as a potential ambassador to Washington, and on Tuesday said he would "rather fancy" taking Sir Ivan Rogers' job as UK permanent representative to the EU - a post now filled by Sir Tim Barrow.

The ex-Ukip chief said the Nigel Farage Show would be "full of opinions, callers and reaction, as well as my nightly final thought on the events of the day".

Mr Farage has previous radio experience of hosting phone-in programmes and standing in for other presenters on LBC, and has this week been hosting a late-night show on the station.

He said: "If 2016 was exciting, then this year could be tumultuous with President Trump, Article 50, elections all over Europe and maybe a eurozone crash. I can't wait to start my daily show on LBC and I invite listeners to agree with me or challenge me and together we can lead Britain's conversation."

:: The Nigel Farage Show will be on LBC radio at 7pm Monday-Thursday from January 9.

Mr Farage told the Press Association he had been invited to attend Mr Trump's inauguration as US president in Washington DC on January 20.

The former Ukip leader has offered to act as a "bridge" between Number 10 and the incoming Republican administration, but Downing Street has dismissed the suggestion.

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