The Easter message has been well and truly lost on Nigel Farage.

Clearly forgetting his New Testament, the Ukip leader has defended questioning treating foreign-born HIV sufferers on the NHS as a "sensible Christian thing to do".

In the only moment of last week's leaders' debate to draw gasps of shock from the audience, Farage repeated comments he first made last year that HIV-positive immigrants should be banned from coming to the UK.

"You can come into Britain, from anywhere in the world, get diagnosed with HIV and get the retro-viral drugs which cost up to £25,000 per year, per patient," he said.

"We need to put the National Health Service there for British people and families."

Now, in an interview with Sky News on the campaign trail in South Thanet that touched upon religion, Farage tried to present his remarks as being within the Christian tradition.

"What good Christian would say to an 85-year-old woman you can't have breast cancer treatment because we can't afford it, whilst at the same time shovelling billions of pounds on foreign aid, allowing people from all over the world to fly into Britain as health tourists to get a HIV test and drugs over £20,000 a year?" he asked.

"It is a sensible Christian thing to look after your family and your own community first."

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Meanwhile, according to a new poll reportedly suppressed by Ukip, Farage will fail to be elected in South Thanet, missing out to the Tories.

Ukip has dismissed the poll as "rogue".

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