Nigel Farage

Born Apr 3, 1964

Nigel Paul Farage is a British politician and leader of the UK Independence Party since 2010; he also held that position from September 2006 to November 2009. Since 1999, he has been a Member of the European Parliament for South East England and co-chairs the Eurosceptic Europe of Freedom and Democracy group. Farage was a founding member of UKIP, having left the Conservative Party in 1992 after the signing of the Maastricht Treaty.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Nigel Farage.


1964 Birth Born on April 3, 1964.


1975 11 Years Old From 1975 to 1982, Farage was educated at Dulwich College, an independent school with a wide social mix in south London, and in his autobiography he pays tribute to the careers advice he received there from England Test cricketer John Dewes, "who must have spotted that I was quite ballsy, probably good on a platform, unafraid of the limelight, a bit noisy and good at selling things".
1982 18 Years Old On leaving school in 1982, he decided not to go to university, but to work in the City, trading commodities at the London Metal Exchange.


1986 - 1988 2 More Events
1989 25 Years Old Farage was active in the Conservative Party from his school days, having seen a visit to his school by Enoch Powell and Keith Joseph. However, he voted for the Green Party in 1989 because of what he saw as their then "sensible" and Eurosceptic policies.
1992 28 Years Old He left the Conservatives in 1992 in protest at Prime Minister John Major government's signing of the Treaty on European Union at Maastricht.
1993 29 Years Old He was a founding member of UKIP in 1993.


Farage was elected to the European Parliament in 1999 and re-elected in 2004, 2009 and 2014.
2002 38 Years Old …  Under the 2002 European Union decision to forbid MEPs from holding a dual mandate, if he were to be elected to the House of Commons, he would have to resign his seat as MEP.


2004 - 2005 3 More Events
When he contested the Bromley & Chislehurst constituency in a May 2006 by-election, following the death of Eurosceptic Conservative MP Eric Forth, Farage came third, winning 8 per cent of the vote, beating the Labour Party candidate. … Read More
2007 43 Years Old In January 2007, the French farmers' leader Joseph Daul was elected to lead the European People's Party–European Democrats (EPP-ED), the European Parliamentary grouping which then included the British Conservatives. … Read More
2008 44 Years Old 1 More Event
Four days later, Whale announced on his show his intention to stand as UKIP's candidate in the 2008 London Mayoral Election. … Read More
2009 45 Years Old 1 More Event
In May 2009, The Observer reported a Foreign Press Association speech given by Farage in which he had said that over his period as a Member of the European Parliament he had received a total of £2 million of taxpayers' money in staff, travel, and other expenses. … Read More
On 6 May 2010, the morning of the election, Farage was travelling in a two-seater PZL-104 Wilga aircraft with a pro-UKIP banner attached, when the plane crashed. … Read More
2012 48 Years Old 1 More Event
UKIP forgot to put their party name on their candidate's ballot paper for the London mayoral election, 2012, Laurence Webb appearing as "A fresh choice for London." … Read More
In May 2013 Farage led UKIP to its best-ever performance in a UK election. … Read More


In a second visit to Edinburgh in May 2014 Farage correctly predicted that UKIP would win a Scottish seat in the elections. … Read More
Farage announced his resignation as leader when he did not win the South Thanet seat in Kent at the 2015 general election, but his resignation was rejected and he remained in his post.
In 2016, Farage was a prominent supporter of the UK leaving the EU in the referendum, which the electorate voted to do.
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