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Nigel Farage Caught Out By Ukip's 2010 Manifesto (VIDEO)

23/01/2014 13:35 GMT | Updated 23/01/2014 14:00 GMT

Nigel Farage got into a spot of bother on the BBC's Daily Politics on Thursday when he was ambushed with the details of his party's own 2010 manifesto.

Having browsed the documents, presenter Andrew Neil asked Farage: "Ukip is now against replacing Trident?".

Farage said that was a debate the party had been "kicking around for some time" but added, "I'm not sure where you got that from". Neil informed the Ukip leader: "From your website."

Farage, who was not his party's leader in 2010, was also asked whether it was still party policy to introduce compulsory dress code for taxi drivers and for trains to be repainted in "traditional colours". Other gems in the party's election pitch include making the London underground Circle Line actually go in a circle again.

Farage told Neil that the party was working on an entirely new general election manifesto for 2015 that would be unveiled after the European elections in May.

The exchanges mirrored former leader Lord Pearson's car crash interview with Jon Sopel in 2010 when it became clear he had not even read the manifesto himself - despite asking people to vote for it.

Farage was also angrily challenged on the programme by financial analyst Louise Cooper, who said his claim that there was no discrimination against women was"laughable".

"I try hard not to lose my temper on air and I try hard not to insult people on air, for you I'm going to make an exception," she told him. "What you are saying is laughable, you are talking out of your bottom."

Cooper added: "For all the working mothers out there who are battling day to day ... who are discriminated against, who are paid less than their male colleagues, who are looked over for promotion, I say shame on you, and I say double shame on you because you actually have daughters, what sort of example are you setting to your daughters?"

But Farage insisted it was just "a fact" that women who made the "lifestyle choice" to have children would be paid less. "I do not believe the reason women are paid less in the City is because we have gross discrimination," he said. "In a bottom line business, they make it harder for themselves."