Nigel Farage just called himself a 'victim' when talking about Jo Cox and refugees

Bethan McKernan@mck_beth
Sunday 19 June 2016 12:50

Polls published on Sunday are showing that the Remain campaign are recovering lost ground ahead of next week's referendum.

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Speaking on Peston on Sunday this morning, Ukip leader and high profile Brexiteer Nigel Farage said that Labour MP Jo Cox's murder may well have damaged the chances of the Leave campaign - and claimed that he too knows what it feels like to be a victim of "political hatred".

Before Cox was killed in her West Yorkshire constituency this week the Brexit campaign had "momentum", Farage said.

I think we had momentum before this terrible tragedy...

When you are taking on the establishment you need to have momentum. I don’t know what’s going to happen over the next three or four days.

Farage has also been under renewed fire for the Brexit campaign's focus on immigration, and in particular a poster of refugees which has been likened to anti-Jewish Nazi propaganda.

Talking with Robert Peston and fellow guest Labour MP Yvette Cooper, Farage claimed that he too has been a victim of "political hatred".

I think I’ve been a politician that has been a victim of it [hatred] to be honest with you.

Cooper, who is vocal about pushing the government to do more for refugees, said:

Nigel Farage is still trying to whip up fear and hatred towards refugees who are fleeing from conflict. It was extremely ill judged of him describe himself as a victim.

Some pundits are speculating that Cox's murder has significantly influenced public mood, but there is also evidence that worries over the economy were affecting voter opinions before Thursday's horrific events.

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