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Nigel Farage Said Tax Avoiders Were 'Common Enemy', But Does It Himself (VIDEO)

03/04/2014 11:32 BST | Updated 03/04/2014 11:59 BST

Remember when Nigel Farage said tax avoiders were the "common enemy" and railed against "rich people and successful companies" not paying their fair share?

The Ukip leader's comments, from May 2013, may come back to haunt him after it emerged that he funnels the money he makes from public appearances into a company. The arrangement means last year he paid 20% corporation tax on profits of £45,000, rather than 40% income tax.

According to the Mail Online, Farage set up a company, Thorn In The Side Ltd, to manage earnings he makes from media appearances and giving speeches. The newspaper calculates the arrangement saved him £11,097.93 last year.

The details emerged shortly before Farage took on Nick Clegg in the second TV debate on the European Union - a debate he was deemed to have won.

A YouGov survey suggested 68% thought the Ukip leader had performed best in their second debate, compared to 27% who favoured the deputy prime minister. A Guardian/ICM poll similarly gave Farage the advantage by 69% to 31%.

YouGov's Peter Kellner: Farage Wins Round Two