Nigel Farage backtracks on not wanting to live next door to Romanians

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Nigel Farage said he regretted his words in a bruising LBC interview, which he blamed on being ‘tired out’. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA

The UK Independence party leader, Nigel Farage, has said the vast majority of Romanians in the UK would make good neighbours as he sought to limit the damage caused by his controversial suggestion that he would be concerned if a group of people from the eastern European country moved in next door.

The party took out a full-page advertisement in the Daily Telegraph to insist Ukip was not racist but repeated its warning about the risk posed by organised criminal gangs from Romania.

Farage said his comments about people being right to be concerned if a group of Romanian men moved in next door had caused a „predictable storm of protest and accusations of racism”.

The Ukip leader initially stood by his remarks, which came during a bruising interview with LBC, but on Sunday night he said: „Do you know what, in life sometimes people get things wrong.”

He told BBC News: „I regret the fact that I was completely tired out and I didn’t use the form of words in response that

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