Nigel Farage claims he would never use David Cameron's language to describe migrants as a 'swarm'

Ukip leader gave an interview only this week in which he used exactly the same term

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Nigel Farage briefly attempted to grab the moral high ground when he claimed he would never refer to migrants as a “swarm” – as David Cameron did earlier on Thursday morning.

The Ukip leader told the BBC’s Radio 4 Today programme that he did not “use language like that” when asked if he would refer to migrant “swarms” as Mr Cameron had as the migrant crisis in Calais unfolding this morning.

Unfortunately for Mr Farage, he appears to have forgot that earlier this week he had spoken to ITV’s Good Morning Britain - and described migrants in similar terms.

“A couple of times I’ve been stuck on the motorway and surrounded by swarms of potential migrants to Britain and once, even, they tried the back door of the car to see whether they could get in,” he told ITV.

The PM’s remarks from Vietnam – where he is in the midst of a South East Asian tour – referred to migrants who attempted to cross the Channel as a “swarm” and warned that those entering the UK illegally would not be offered “safe haven”.

The two leaders’ comments come after hundreds of desperate migrants attempted to make the 21-mile trip from the French port of Calais to Britain for the third night in a row. An estimated 3,500 have attempted the dangerous journey this year alone, with many dying en route.

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