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Nigel Farage: 'Fact of life' that new mothers may fall 'behind the rest of the pack' in the workplace

BY ANTONIA MOLLOY

Ukip leader Nigel Farage has said new mothers should expect to possibly fall behind in their careers – because it is "a fact of life".

Appearing on ITV's daytime panel show Loose Women, the controversial he said that women are often "disadvantaged" when they return to the workplace after having a baby.

"If you're a doctor, a lawyer, a researcher, you're a woman, you have a baby, you take six months or a year off, you come back. You are not disadvantaged at all in that job," he said.

"But there are other jobs in which if you take six months off and come back you actually find yourself behind the rest of the pack and earning less money. Now that is a fact of life. It's difficult to change that."

He added that things were beginning to change as more men opt to be stay-at-home fathers – but he quipped that he would have been "absolutely useless" in the role himself.

Indeed, Farage admitted that his own family life has suffered as a result of his unrelenting pursuit of his career, explaining that he gets up at 5am and is "rarely home before midnight".

"You cannot conduct any sense of family life and do politics," he said. Farage candidly added that those in politics have to be "selfish".

During the course of the interview he also criticised Prime Minister David Cameron for deciding to only appear in one TV debate – featuring seven parties - ahead of 7 May. The Prime Minister has also been accused by Labour leader Ed Miliband of "running scared".

"I suspect had it been a four-headed debate, there were one or two conversations I wanted to have with the Prime Minster that I don’t think he would have been able to answer," Farage said.

"And I suspect that’s why they've sabotaged them."

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