Key points

  • Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg and UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage went head-to-head in hour-long debate
  • The two men debated whether the UK should be in or out of the EU - clashing over immigration and extradition laws
  • There were also disputes over the numbers of jobs in the UK which depend on membership of the UK

Live text

Reporting:

  • Alex Hunt 
  • Edwin Lowther 
  • Chris Davies 
  • Ravin Sampat 
  • Lorna Hankin 

STANDARD 21:24

That brings an end to our rolling coverage of tonight's debate. Coverage of the post-debate reaction continues across the BBC. Thanks for joining us and hope you'll be tuning in next Wednesday at 19:00 GMT for the rematch, when Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage go head-to-head in a debate hosted by the BBC.

STANDARD 21:19

"They couldn't bear to look at each other, eyes fixed firmly on the studio audience or TV cameras." Read BBC political correspondent Eleanor Garnier's verdict.

TWEET 21:16

Norman Smith, Chief political correspondent, BBC News Channel

tweets: Labour voters split over #lbcdebate . 51% think Nick Clegg won. 42% think Nigel Farage won

TWEET 21:14

Nadine Dorries, Conservative MP

tweets: After tonight, it will be impossible for the three party leaders to exclude Farage from the televised GE leadership debates

TWEET

Louise Mensch, Former Conservative MP

tweets: So I got my wish! They both lost. #CleggFail #FarageFail #CleggvFarage #LBCDebate

STANDARD 21:09

So what did the two contenders think about the debate? Deputy PM and Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg said: "I enjoyed it very much... I'll let other people judge." Nigel Farage said he enjoyed it too - "it was great- we were actually having an opportunity to discuss things that those of us in the eurosceptic movement have cared very much about for decades".

TWEET 21:05

Michael White, The Guardian

tweets: #LBCdebate Interesting to see if Nigel Farage's throwaway,pro-Putin line on Ukraine ("blood on EU hands") will be the slow burn issue

TWEET 21:04

Lib Dem MEP Ed McMillan-Scott

tweets: Having just been at #Obama's brilliant Brussels speech on Ukraine, I deplore Farage's 'blood on the EU's hands' comment on #LBCdebate

TWEET 21:02

Nick Smith, London, UK

tweets: The EU cant even agree on what to do about Russia with possible sanctions, Europe will never be united on anything. #CleggvFarage

STANDARD 21:02

The Daily Mail's Andrew Pierce says on Sky News that the pressure will be on David Cameron to include Nigel Farage in the general election leaders debates after this.