Nigel Farage
British politician
Nigel Farage
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.
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Notable & Quotable: Nigel Farage on Brexit and Trump
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‘I am very, very optimistic now for the West.’
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Philip Pullman Is Dropping New Anti-Authoritarian Fantasy Trilogy
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Desperate for a new anti-totalitarian dystopia to channel your Trump-era anxieties? Philip Pullman has you covered. Pullman, the acclaimed British author of the fantasy series “His Dark Materials,” recently announced that he will be publishing The Book of Dust, the first installment in a planned trilogy, in October. The book will feature Lyra Belacqua, the protagonist of “His Dark Materials,” though the events of The Book of Dust will take place when Lyra is still an infant. He has described the book as revolving around “the struggle between a despotic and totalitarian organization, which wants to stifle speculation and inquiry, and those who believe thought and speech should be free.” The apparent parallels between contemporary political concerns and the events of The Book of Dust are not mere coincidence, according to Pullman. “I might not be writing about Donald Trump or Brexit or Nigel Farage directly in ‘The Book of Dust,’” he stated in an interview with the Associated ...
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Trump's Economy Is Likely To Look Great For A Bit But Fail In The Long Run
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SANTIAGO, Chile (Project Syndicate) – Now that populists are coming to power in the West, a conflict over intellectual ownership of their approach is brewing. Writers like John Judis claim that 19th-century Americans invented political populism, with its anti-elitist stance and inflammatory rhetoric. Argentines, who gave the world uber-populist Juan Domingo Perón, or Brazilians, who brought us Getúlio Vargas, might beg to differ. Yet there can be no disagreement that Latin Americans have been the longest and best practitioners of economic populism. In the 20th century, Perón and Vargas, plus Alan García in Peru (at least during his first term), Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua and Salvador Allende in Chile, and many others, engaged in trade protectionism, ran large budget deficits, overheated their economies, allowed inflation to rise and eventually suffered currency crises. In recent years, Hugo Chávez and Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela took these policies to new lows. What should the ...
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UKIP in new row over misspent EU parliament funds
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Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage and other members of Britain's anti-EU party UKIP in the European Parliament are suspected of having misspent more than half a million euros in EU funds, a parliamentary source said Thursday. The new case, reported first in the British daily The Guardian, emerges after a scandal last year involving a European political grouping dominated by UKIP, the Alliance for Direct Democracy in Europe (ADDE). The parliament now suspects that the UKIP MEPs used more than 580,000 euros (around $630,000) to pay for assistants who were not really doing parliamentary work, the source told AFP on condition of anonymity.
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Nigel Farage praises Prime Minister May's speech
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Chile's presidential hopefuls bet on anti-immigrant sentiment
Yahoo News - 29 days
By Anthony Esposito and Felipe Iturrieta SANTIAGO (Reuters) - A wave of recent arrivals from Haiti and Venezuela has spurred Chile's presidential candidates to tap into and stoke anti-immigrant sentiment, turning it into a key issue in the campaign for the Nov. 19 election. Latin American politics has rarely featured this type of criticism of immigrants by hopefuls on both right and left, at times recalling the language that has helped build support for Donald Trump in the United States, Nigel Farage in Britain and Marine Le Pen in France.
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Trump's Kindred Spirit, U.K.'s Nigel Farage, Will Be An Honored Guest Friday
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Farage has flown in from Britain to attend Donald Trump's inauguration. The former U.K. Independence Party leader is trying to stay relevant with a call-in show on talk radio in London. (Image credit: Evan Vucci/AP)
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Donald Trump Expanding Scottish Golf Resort After Vowing Not To Make New Foreign Deals
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A multimillion-dollar expansion of Donald Trump’s Scottish golf resort is proceeding despite a promise just days ago by his attorneys that “no new foreign deals will be made whatsoever” by the president-elect’s businesses, in an effort to avoid conflicts of interest during his presidency. The Aberdeenshire Council has approved a second 18-hole golf course and more housing in the Trump International Golf Links Scotland operation. The expansion will substantially grow the complex and include a 450-room five-star hotel, timeshare complex and private housing estate, The Guardian reported Saturday. Changes are expected to significantly boost the value of the operation to the Trump Organization.  Trump’s attorney Sheri Dillon announced at his press conference last week that in order to avoid potential conflicts of interest, her client has “ordered that all pending deals be terminated.” Trump is also arranging to turn over management of his companies to his adult sons, Donald Jr. and ...
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New show 'The Trumps' to premiere on MTV from 20 January
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MTV is launching a brand new fly-on-the-wall series called The Trumps. In the vein of previous hit shows like The Osbournes and Hogan Knows Best, this program will look behind the scenes for an all-access pass into the lives of the Trump family as they move into their new home in Washington. Tune in weekly to see how The Donald gets on in his new career as CEO of America, and watch Melania manage the household while avoiding awkward conversations with the immigration department following the implementation of new border control laws. Viewers will also follow the lives of the Trump children - Ivanka, Donald Jr, Eric and the other girl - as they try to forge their own career paths (especially now that nepotism is out of the question, being illegal for a president to engage in the practice under the constitution). And you can watch Barron learn to bully people in high school with help from the Secret Service. Donald Trump said: "This show is going to be great, really great. ...
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It's the Nigel Farage Show: former Ukip leader hosts first radio phone-in - The Guardian
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The Guardian It's the Nigel Farage Show: former Ukip leader hosts first radio phone-in The Guardian Nigel Farage will present his show on LBC from 7-8pm from Monday to Thursday. Photograph: John Phillips/Getty Images. Mark Lawson. Monday 9 January 2017 17.03 EST Last modified on Monday 9 January 2017 20.25 EST. Share on Facebook · Share on ... Nigel Farage 'acting like a juvenile delinquent' by continuing to lobby against Europe, says EU CommissionerThe Independent Nigel Farage On TV More Often Would Have Sunk 'Brexit', Says Vote Leave's Dominic CummingsHuffington Post UK Nigel Farage show debuts on LBC radio: How the internet -Evening Standard -ITV News -International Business Times UK all 20 news articles »
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Donald Trump Praises Vladimir Putin: 'I Always Knew He Was Very Smart!'
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Nigel Farage Called a ‘Disgrace’ for Remarks About Berlin Attack
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The former UKIP leader blamed the terrorist assault on Angela Merkel’s refugee policy, then impugned the husband of a British lawmaker murdered by a right-wing extremist.
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Brexiteer Farage says he wants to be a bridge between UK and Trump - 2 months
Leading Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage says he wants to be a bridge between the British government and the new U.S. administration, but the British government is dismissing the suggestion. Jillian Kitchener reports.
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Liberals now blaming Russia for Brexit
Fox News - 2 months
Leading advocate for 'Remain' in the European Union campaign now says Russian hackers 'probably' swayed the vote in favor of Brexit. Nigel Farage, who helped spearhead the Brexit movement, sounds off on 'Tucker Carlson Tonight' #Tucker
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Britain's Johnson jokes about PM May's leather trousers
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British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has publicly poked fun at Prime Minister Theresa May, telling dozens of foreign ambassadors she was so cosmopolitan that she sported leather trousers like German "lederhosen". Johnson, known in Britain and beyond for his often outlandish persona and dishevelled mop of platinum hair, said his country would not turn its back on the world after Brexit and cast the United Kingdom as a cosmopolitan consumer of imports. Johnson quipped that Britain had even managed to export Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage, who enjoys a friendship with President-elect Donald Trump, to the United States.
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European Parliament tightens UKIP purse strings
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The European Parliament on Monday decided to impose stricter conditions on financing for the European wing of Britain's anti-EU UKIP party, which has previously been penalised for misspending EU funds. The Alliance for Direct Democracy in Europe (ADDE), a European political grouping dominated by nationalist UKIP, is among six organisations -- four political parties and two foundations linked to them -- which will only be entitled to a 33 percent advance in 2017, compared to the usual 80 percent, parliament said in a statement. The ADDE had earlier come under scrutiny for soliciting European funds to finance "non-eligible expenses" linked in particular to campaigning in Britain by Nigel Farage's party, including for surveys ahead of the 2015 general elections and the referendum in June this year in which the country voted to leave the EU.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Nigel Farage
  • 2016
    Age 51
    In August 2016 Farage visited the Republican convention in Cleveland with his office manager and 'close colleague,' George Cottrell.
    More Details Hide Details They appeared on US TV and were involved in discussions with presidential candidate Donald Trump's aides before Cottrell was arrested by the FBI on charges including money laundering and fraud. His arrest left Farage unable to access his personal diary.
    On 4 July 2016, Farage again announced his resignation as leader of UKIP, triggering a leadership election.
    More Details Hide Details Writing in The Spectator, the journalist Rod Liddle described Farage as "the most important British politician of the last decade and the most successful. His resignation leaves a hole in our political system. With enormous intelligence and chutzpah and a refreshingly unorthodox approach, he built UKIP up from nothing to become established as our third largest party and succeeded in his overriding ambition – to see the UK vote to leave the European Union." Farage was ranked second in The Daily Telegraphs Top 100 most influential right-wingers poll in October 2013, behind Prime Minister David Cameron. He was also named "Briton of the Year" by The Times in 2014. Farage was born in Downe, England, as the son of Barbara (née Stevens) and Guy Justus Oscar Farage. The Farage name comes from a distant Huguenot ancestor. One of his great-grandfathers was born to German parents who migrated to London in the 19th century. His grandfather, Private Harry Farage, fought in World War I and was wounded near Vimy Ridge at Arras. His father was a stockbroker who worked in the City of London. A 2012 BBC Radio 4 profile described Guy Farage as an alcoholic who left the family home when Nigel was five years old.
    Farage resigned as leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party on 4 July 2016, saying that "It’s right that I should now stand aside as leader.
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    On 28 June 2016 Farage made a speech in the European Parliament claiming that a hypothetical failure for the EU to forge a trade deal with an exited UK would be "be far worse for you than it would be for us" to heckling and laughing by Parliament members.
    More Details Hide Details He insulted his fellow MEPs, claiming that "virtually none" of them had ever had done "a proper job" in their lives. Media around the world covered Farage's speech, including his comment: "... when I came here 17 years ago, and I said that I wanted to lead a campaign to get Britain to leave the European Union, you all laughed at me. Well I have to say, you're not laughing now are you?" and his prediction that Britain will not be the only country to leave the EU. In response, Guy Verhofstadt compared Farage's referendum posters with Nazi propaganda and credited the Brexit campaign with causing a multi-billion loss in the stock exchange. Explicitly addressing Farage, Verhofstadt added “.. Ok. Let’s be positive. Finally, we’re going to get rid of the biggest waste in the budget of the (European) Union, that we have paid for 17 years, your salary.” Vytenis Andriukaitis, the European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, and a former cardiac surgeon, later responded to the speech, criticising Farage for spreading “toxic untruths” and “lies” such as the claim that, after Brexit, the money formerly contributed by Britain to the EU budget would be invested in healthcare.
    Although he was a member of the European Parliament, Farage campaigned to leave the EU as a key figurehead for the British exit from the EU in 2016.
    More Details Hide Details Polls on the day of the vote suggested defeat for the leave campaign, though they were successful with 52 per cent of the vote. Jean-Claude Juncker promptly told all UKIP members to leave the Parliament. He also called for a second referendum if Brexit lost but the result was closer than 52-48.
    On the subject of the 2016 US presidential election, Farage said in the middle of May that he had reservations on the views and character of Donald Trump, but would vote for him to prevent Hillary Clinton becoming president.
    More Details Hide Details In 2014, Farage said that it is UKIP policy for handguns in the UK to be legalised and licensed, describing the current legislation, brought in after the Dunblane school massacre, as "ludicrous". He has also said that there was no link between responsible handgun ownership and gun crime. Farage has contested several elections under the UKIP banner: UK Parliament elections European Parliament elections
    In January 2016 Farage told The Mail on Sunday that he believed his car had been tampered with in October 2015, as he had been forced to stop when his car's wheel nuts came loose.
    More Details Hide Details He reported that he had spoken with the French police but did not wish to pursue the matter any further. The Times, however, said Farage's story was untrue, and that Dunkirk prosecutors had no reason to suspect foul play or the police would have started an investigation. The owner of the breakdown garage concerned had said the problem was probably shoddy repair work, but he had been unable to communicate directly with Farage. Farage later said he had made a "terrible, terrible mistake" in speaking to journalists and that a Sunday newspaper had wrongly turned his claims of tampering into an assassination attempt.
    Farage was ranked the fifth most influential MEP by Politico in 2016, who described him as, "one of the two most effective speakers in the chamber."
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    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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  • 2015
    Age 50
    Later, in 2015, he said about Putin that "The European Union, and the West, view Putin as the devil.
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    He told a Channel 4 documentary in 2015 that there is a "fifth column" of Islamic extremists in the United Kingdom.
    More Details Hide Details Farage has said that the "basic principle" of Enoch Powell's "Rivers of Blood speech" was correct. In a 2014 interview on the LBC radio station, Farage said that he would feel "concerned" if a group of Romanian men moved next door to him. When interviewer James O'Brien inquired what would be the difference between Romanian men moving next door and a group of German children, in reference to Farage's German wife and children, Farage replied: "You know the difference." He later expanded on this on the UKIP website, explaining that "if we were able to operate a proper work permit scheme for Romanian nationals, with suitable checks, as recommended by UKIP, then nobody would need to be concerned if a group of Romanian nationals moved in next door to them." Farage called on the British government in 2013 to accept more refugees from the Syrian Civil War. He later clarified that those refugees should be of the country's Christian minority, due to the existence of nearer Muslim-majority safe countries. During the ensuing migration crisis, Farage alleged that the majority of people claiming to be refugees were economic migrants, and that some were Islamic State militants.
    In his 2015 book, Farage reflected that based on his experiences, "the NHS is so over-stretched that if you can afford private health care, you should take it, particularly for diagnostics and preventative medicine.
    More Details Hide Details In the NHS, the system is so battered and poorly run that unless you are really lucky, you will fall through the cracks. The NHS is, however, astonishingly good at critical care. But what testicular cancer taught me is that the NHS will probably let you down if you need screening, fast diagnosis and an operation at a time that suits you". He supports reform within the NHS, saying that its resources have become stretched due to increased immigration, and blaming Labour for high costs of new hospitals built through private finance initiatives. Farage says that money which the NHS could spend on treating taxpayers with serious conditions is instead spent on recent immigrants with HIV, an opinion which has been controversial. A YouGov poll found 50 per cent of those taking part to support Farage, with 37 per cent saying that he is scaremongering.
    After the 2015 general election, in which UKIP took a lower proportion of seats than votes, Farage called the first-past-the-post voting system (FPTP) "totally bankrupt", although Farage claims "I completely lost faith in FPTP in 2005 when Blair was returned with a 60 seat majority on 36 per cent of the vote, or 22 per cent if you factor in low turnout."
    More Details Hide Details Farage has criticised the shutting down of coal-fired power stations and has opposed the policy of creating wind farms as covering "Britain in ugly disgusting ghastly windmills". In a speech made to the European parliament on 11 September 2013, Farage cited news, reported in several Rupert Murdoch-owned papers and the Daily Mail, that the Arctic Sea ice cap had apparently grown from 2012 to 2013, claiming that this was evidence of decades "of Euro-federalism combined with an increasing Green obsession". Farage takes an anti-prohibitionist position on recreational drugs. In an April 2014 phone-in interview hosted by The Daily Telegraph he argued that the War on Drugs had been lost "many, many years ago", stating that "I hate drugs, I've never taken them myself, I hope I never do, but I just have a feeling that the criminalisation of all these drugs is actually not really helping British society." He argued in favour of a Royal Commission on drugs exploring all avenues as how to most effectively legislate on drugs and deal with their related criminal and public health problems, including the possibility of their legalisation.
    I won’t be changing my mind again, I can promise you", referring back to when he briefly resigned following him not being elected to the South Thanet seat at the 2015 UK general election.
    More Details Hide Details Isabella Lövin, the Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden, said that David Cameron, Boris Johnson and Farage "abandoning the Brexit ship" is a "historic irresponsibility" that will be paid for by EU citizens, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, said that "The Brexit heroes of yesterday are now the sad heroes of today... Those who have contributed to the situation in the UK have resigned – Johnson, Farage and others. They are as it were retro-nationalists, they are not patriots", Caroline Lucas, Green Party MP for Brighton Pavilion, said that his legacy is "toxic and unforgivable" and that "He has used his position to whip up hatred against migrants and divert attention from the real challenges this country is facing", and former Labour Party leader, Ed Miliband, said that "It's a legacy of stirring up division. I am not sorry to see Nigel Farage leave the political scene". However, Paul Nuttall, a UKIP MEP, tweeted that Farage's "drive and belief shook establishment politics to its core and gave us a voice" and Suzanne Evans, former Deputy Chairman of UKIP, said that Farage's resignation surprised her, but "there is room still in Britain for UKIP".
    On 8 May 2015, Farage resigned as leader of UKIP after he failed to win the seat of Thanet South in the general election held the previous day, although he kept open the possibility of re-entering the ensuing leadership contest.
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    However, on 11 May 2015, the party chairman said they would not accept Mr Farage's post-election resignation because the party's "election campaign had been a great success".
    More Details Hide Details A row subsequently developed within the party, in which MEP and campaign chief Patrick O'Flynn described Farage's public image as 'snarling, thin-skinned, aggressive' and claimed he risked turning the party into a 'personality cult'. O'Flynn accused Farage of paying too much attention to advisors that 'would like to take UKIP in the direction of some hard-right, ultra-aggressive American Tea Party-type movement', singling out the NHS and gun control liberalisation as particular issues. Raheem Kassam, Farage's chief of staff was later sacked as a result, whilst O'Flynn insisted he continued to support Farage as party leader Farage also faced a number of calls from senior figures within the party to stand down. Following the election a UKIP spokesman acknowledged that after a series of threatening attacks on Farage it had sent an informant into the Thanet branch of the protest organisation Stand Up to UKIP, stating "in order to provide reasonable security it was of course necessary to have information from the inside", an approach he said was used by "a great many security operations tasked with protecting the safety and wellbeing of a targeted individual." According to The Guardian, the informant is alleged to have actively encouraged members to commit criminal damage. Farage had said he was the victim of "trade union-funded activists" who were inciting vandalism.
    On 22 March 2015, Farage was targeted by anti-UKIP activists who chased him and his family from a pub lunch in Downe, Kent.
    More Details Hide Details His daughters ran away to hide and were later found to be safe. Farage, when asked what he thought about the incident, called the protesters "scum". Farage was unsuccessful in his bid to become MP for South Thanet and announced his resignation as the leader of UKIP, citing that he is a "man of his word" since he promised to resign if he did not win his seat.
    In March 2015, Farage declared in his book The Purple Revolution that he would step down as UKIP leader should he not be elected as an MP; he stated his belief that it would not be "credible" for him to lead UKIP without sitting in parliament at Westminster.
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    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.
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  • 2014
    Age 49
    In October 2014, Farage was invited to take part in prospective Leaders' debates on BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky ahead of the 2015 General Election.
    More Details Hide Details UKIP indicated that it would consider taking legal action were the party excluded, in contravention of established broadcast media rules, from televised Party Leaders' debates in advance of the 2015 General Election. The 7-way leaders' TV debate was broadcast by ITV on 2 April 2015 from MediaCityUK, Salford Quays. Of three polls taken immediately afterwards, the ComRes poll had Farage as joint winner, alongside Labour's Ed Miliband and Conservative David Cameron.
    On 12 September 2014, he appeared at a pro-union rally with Scottish UKIP MEP David Coburn ahead of Scotland's independence referendum.
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    In August 2014 Farage was selected as the UKIP candidate for South Thanet following local hustings.
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    In June 2014, Farage declared £205,603 for free use of a barn for his constituency office, which had been declared in the EU register in Brussels each year.
    More Details Hide Details The Electoral Commission said that the gifts should have been also declared in the UK within 30 days of receipt, and then stated they were considering whether to take action against him after they reviewed all necessary information supplied to them. In October 2013, Farage announced on the BBC's The Andrew Marr Show that he would stand for election as an MP at the United Kingdom general election, 2015, most likely contesting either Folkestone and Hythe or South Thanet; meanwhile he stated that his duty and preference was to focus on his current role as an MEP.
    In the European Parliament elections in 2014, Farage led UKIP to win the highest share of the vote.
    More Details Hide Details It was the first time a political party other than the Labour Party and Conservative Party has won the popular vote in a national election since the 1906 general election. It is also the first time a party other than the Labour and Conservatives won the largest number of seats in a national election since the December 1910 general election.
    In a second visit to Edinburgh in May 2014 Farage correctly predicted that UKIP would win a Scottish seat in the elections.
    More Details Hide Details Two hundred protesters heckled and booed him. Thirty police in two vans were needed to preserve order.
  • 2013
    Age 48
    Although previously denouncing tax avoidance in a speech to the European Parliament, in which he attacked European bureaucrats who earned £100,000 a year and paid 12 per cent tax under EU rules, Farage admitted in 2013 to hiring a tax advisor to set up the Farage Family Educational Trust 1654, a trust Farage claimed to be used "for inheritance purposes", on the Isle of Man.
    More Details Hide Details Farage later described this "as standard practice", but insisted he "decided I didn't want it. I never ever used it. The Isle of Man is not a tax haven." Farage has since claimed that this was a mistake, in part because it cost him too much money, but has criticised the political discourse surrounding tax avoidance as a "race to the bottom". The BBC noted that "The Isle of Man was one of the UK's crown dependencies which signed an agreement on corporate disclosure at a recent meeting with David Cameron amid claims that individuals and firms are using offshore locations to reduce their tax liabilities", adding that the Isle of Man rejects any allegations that they are used for the purpose of tax avoidance. In contrast to the majority of comments from British political leaders, Farage has said that most legal tax avoidance was "okay" after he was questioned on why £45,000 of his income was paid into his private company rather than a personal bank account, saying that criticism of his actions was "ridiculous". In the wake of the Panama Papers leak, Farage also said that the possibility of him releasing his tax return was a "big no" as "I think in this country what people earn is regarded as a private matter", and criticised David Cameron for being hypocritical, especially with regards to his past comments about Jimmy Carr's tax avoidance.
    In May 2013, Farage was interrupted by protesters during a press conference in the Canon's Gait pub on Edinburgh's Royal Mile.
    More Details Hide Details The demonstration was organised by groups including the Radical Independence Campaign and saw protesters vocally accuse Farage of being "racist", "fascist", and a "homophobe", and tell him to "go back to London". Farage made attempts to leave by taxi but was prevented from doing so, and was eventually taken away in an armoured police van while protesters continued to shout. He was trying to raise the profile of UKIP in Scotland ahead of the Aberdeen Donside by-election; the party at that point had no representation in the country, and took .91 per cent of the vote in the previous election though it won its first Scottish MEP the following year. During an interview with BBC's Good Morning Scotland radio show, Farage labelled the protesters "yobbo fascist scum" before hanging up, stating that the questions regarding the incident in Edinburgh were insulting and unpleasant.
    In May 2013 Farage led UKIP to its best-ever performance in a UK election.
    More Details Hide Details The party received 23 per cent of the vote in the local elections, winning 147 council seats, and placing it only 2 points behind the governing Conservative party and 9 points ahead of the Liberal Democrats. Farage was mobbed by well-wishers as he made his way to his favourite pub, the Marquis of Granby, for a celebratory drink. He called the victory "a real sea change in British politics". Subsequently, polling agency Survation found that 22 per cent of voters intended to support UKIP in the 2015 General Election.
  • 2012
    Age 47
    In May 2012 Farage was interviewed by Karen Coleman of the Irish Independent about the campaign in Ireland against the Irish fiscal treaty.
    More Details Hide Details Ireland had no anti-EU MEPs and according to Pat Gallagher MEP, UKIP's involvement was counterproductive as "Irish voters strongly dislike foreigners like Mr Farage telling them how to vote." Coleman who believed the campaign had "little to do with what's best for Ireland" described the campaign as "particularly egregious" and said the interview became 'nasty' when she asked Farage about the campaign funding.
    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."
    More Details Hide Details Farage described the mistake as an internal error. Interviewed the following Sunday by Andrew Neil and asked about "the game plan", Farage welcomed the "average 13% vote" across the country, and stated that the party was preparing for county council elections in 2013, European elections in 2014 and a general election in 2015. Asked what would happen to UKIP if the Conservatives made a manifesto commitment to a European Referendum, Farage said they had already failed to honour a "cast iron" commitment for a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty. Challenging Farage's viewpoint, Neil said that UKIP aspired to come top of the European elections, but while UKIP wanted to join the big time they were still seen as "unprofessional, amateur and even unacceptable." In an interview, Farage described Baroness Warsi as "the lowest grade Chairman the Tory Party has ever had." He was voted politician of the year by the online service MSN.
  • 2010
    Age 45
    On 1 December 2010, Justin Adams, the pilot of the aircraft involved in the accident, was charged with threatening to kill Farage in a separate incident.
    More Details Hide Details He was also charged with threatening to kill an AAIB official involved in the investigation into the accident. In April 2011, the pilot was found guilty of making death threats. The judge said that the defendant was "clearly extremely disturbed" at the time the offences happened, adding "He is a man who does need help. If I can find a way of giving him help I will."
    In November 2010, Farage successfully stood in the 2010 UKIP leadership contest, following the resignation of Lord Pearson of Rannoch.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Farage suffered injuries that were described as non-life-threatening. Although his injuries were originally described as minor, his sternum and ribs were broken and his lung punctured. The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) report said that the aeroplane was towing a banner, which caught in the tailplane, forcing the nose down.
  • 2009
    Age 44
    On 4 September 2009, Farage resigned as the UKIP's leader to focus on his campaign to become Member of Parliament for Buckingham at Westminster in the 2010 general election.
    More Details Hide Details He later told The Times journalist Camilla Long that UKIP internal fights took up far too much time. Farage stood against sitting Buckingham MP, John Bercow, the newly elected Speaker of the House of Commons, despite the convention that the Speaker, as a political neutral, is not normally challenged in his or her bid for re-election by any of the major parties. Farage came third with 8,401 votes. Bercow was re-elected and in second place with 10,331 votes was John Stevens, a former Conservative MEP who campaigned as an independent accompanied by "Flipper the Dolphin" (a reference to MPs flipping second homes).
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In response, Farage said that in future all UKIP MEPs would provide monthly expense details. After the speech of Herman Van Rompuy on 24 February 2010 to the European Parliament, Farage – to protests from other MEPs – addressed the former Belgian Prime Minister and first long-term President of the European Council saying that he had the "charisma of a damp rag and the appearance of low grade bank clerk." Farage questioned the legitimacy of Van Rompuy's appointment, asking "Who are you? I'd never heard of you, nobody in Europe had ever heard of you." He also asserted that Van Rompuy's "intention is to be the quiet assassin of European democracy and of the European nation states." Van Rompuy commented afterwards, "There was one contribution that I can only hold in contempt, but I'm not going to comment further." After refusing to apologise for behaviour that was, in the words of the President of the European Parliament, Jerzy Buzek, "inappropriate, unparliamentary and insulting to the dignity of the House", Farage was reprimanded and had his right to ten days' allowance (expenses) "docked."
  • 2008
    Age 43
    Charles, Prince of Wales was invited to speak to the European Parliament on 14 February 2008; in his speech he called for EU leadership in the battle against climate change.
    More Details Hide Details During the standing ovation that followed, Farage was the only MEP to remain seated, and he went on to describe the Prince's advisers as "naïve and foolish at best." Farage continued: "How can somebody like Prince Charles be allowed to come to the European Parliament at this time to announce he thinks it should have more powers? It would have been better for the country he wants to rule one day if he had stayed home and tried to persuade Gordon Brown to give the people the promised referendum on the Treaty of Lisbon." The leader of the UK Labour Party's MEPs, Gary Titley, accused Farage of anti-Royalism. Titley said: "I was embarrassed and disgusted when the Leader of the UK Independence Party, Nigel Farage, remained firmly seated during the lengthy standing ovation Prince Charles received. I had not realised Mr Farage's blind adherence to right-wing politics involved disloyalty and discourtesy to the Royal Family. He should be thoroughly ashamed of himself and should apologise to the British people he represents."
    Four days later, Whale announced on his show his intention to stand as UKIP's candidate in the 2008 London Mayoral Election.
    More Details Hide Details Farage said that Whale "not only has guts, but an understanding of what real people think". Whale later decided not to stand and UKIP was represented by Gerard Batten. Farage stood again for the UKIP leadership in 2010 (having stood down the year before, to focus on his unsuccessful campaign in the Buckingham election) after his successor Lord Pearson had stood down, and on 5 November 2010 it was announced he had won the leadership contest. In May 2014 Farage led the UKIP to win the EU Election with 4,376,635 votes, the first time a UK political party other than Labour or Conservatives had won a national election in over 100 years. Farage was returned as MEP for the South East region, a seat he has represented since 1999. As an MEP Farage leads the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy grouping in the European Parliament.
  • 2007
    Age 42
    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.
    More Details Hide Details UKIP almost immediately revealed that Daul had been under judicial investigation in France since 2004 as part of an inquiry into the alleged misuse of public funds worth €16 million (£10.6 million) by French farming unions." It was not suggested that Daul had personally benefited, but was accused of "complicity and concealment of the abuse of public funds." Daul accused Farage of publicising the investigation for political reasons and threatened to sue Farage, but did not do so though the court dropped all charges against him.
  • 2006
    Age 41
    At 10pm on 19 October 2006, Farage took part in a three-hour live interview and phone-in with James Whale on the national radio station talkSPORT.
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    In his maiden speech to the UKIP conference, on 8 October 2006, Farage told delegates that the party was "at the centre-ground of British public opinion" and the "real voice of opposition".
    More Details Hide Details He said: "We've got three social democratic parties in Britain – Labour, Lib Dem and Conservative are virtually indistinguishable from each other on nearly all the main issues" and "you can't put a cigarette paper between them and that is why there are nine million people who don't vote now in general elections that did back in 1992."
    On 12 September 2006, Farage was elected leader of UKIP with 45 per cent of the vote, 20 percentage points ahead of his nearest rival.
    More Details Hide Details He pledged to bring discipline to the party and to maximise UKIP's representation in local, parliamentary and other elections. In a PM programme interview on BBC Radio 4 that day he pledged to end the public perception of UKIP as a single-issue party and to work with allied politicians in the Better Off Out campaign, committing himself not to stand against the MPs who have signed up to that campaign.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details This was the second-best by-election result recorded by UKIP out of 25 results, and the first time since the Liverpool Walton by-election in 1991 that a party in government had been pushed into fourth place in a parliamentary by-election on mainland Britain.
  • 2005
    Age 40
    In early 2005, Farage requested that the European Commission disclose where the individual Commissioners had spent their holidays.
    More Details Hide Details The Commission did not provide the information requested, on the basis that the Commissioners had a right of privacy. The German newspaper Die Welt reported that the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, had spent a week on the yacht of the Greek shipping billionaire Spiros Latsis. It emerged soon afterwards that this had occurred a month before the Commission under Barroso's predecessor Romano Prodi approved 10.3 million euros of Greek state aid for Latsis's shipping company. It also became known that Peter Mandelson, then the British EU Commissioner, had accepted a trip to Jamaica from an unrevealed source. Farage persuaded around 75 MEPs from across the political divide to back a motion of no confidence in Barroso, which would be sufficient to compel Barroso to appear before the European Parliament to be questioned on the issue. The motion was successfully tabled on 12 May 2005, and Barroso appeared before Parliament at a debate on 26 May 2005. The motion was heavily defeated. A Conservative MEP, Roger Helmer, was expelled from his group, the European People's Party – European Democrats (EPP-ED), in the middle of the debate by that group's leader Hans-Gert Poettering as a result of his support for Farage's motion.
  • 2004
    Age 39
    On 18 November 2004, Farage announced in the European Parliament that Jacques Barrot, then French Commissioner-designate, had been barred from elected office in France for 2 years, after being convicted in 2000 of embezzling £2 million from government funds and diverting it into the coffers of his party.
    More Details Hide Details He said that French President Jacques Chirac had granted Barrot amnesty and initial BBC reports said that, under French Law, it was perhaps illegal to mention that conviction. The prohibition in question applies only to French officials in the course of their duties. The President of the Parliament, Josep Borrell, enjoined him to retract his comments under threat of "legal consequences". The following day it was confirmed that Barrot had received an 8-month suspended jail sentence in the case, and that this had been quickly expunged by the amnesty decided by Chirac and his parliamentary majority. The Socialist and Liberal groups in the European Parliament then joined forces with UKIP in demanding the resignation of Barrot for failing to disclose the conviction during his confirmation hearings.
    He was subsequently re-elected in 2004, 2009 and, most recently, at the 2014 European parliament election.
    More Details Hide Details In September 2006, Farage became the UKIP Leader and led the party through the 2009 European Parliament Election, when it won the second highest share of the popular vote, defeating Labour and the Liberal Democrats with over two million votes. He stepped down in November 2009 to concentrate on contesting Buckingham, the constituency of the Speaker, John Bercow, at the 2010 general election, coming third.
  • 2002
    Age 37
    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.
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  • 1999
    Age 34
    In 1999 he married Kirsten Mehr, a German national, and they have two children, Victoria (born 2000) and Isabelle (born 2005).
    More Details Hide Details He has spoken of how his children have been teased because of their relation to him. He has made reference to his German wife in response to criticisms that he is somehow "anti-Europe", while he himself says he is merely anti-EU. Farage employs his wife as his parliamentary secretary and in April 2014 he explained that "nobody else could do that job." On 25 November 1985, Farage was hit by a car after a night out, and suffered injury to his head and left leg, the latter nearly requiring amputation. He was in casts for 11 months, but recovered, and the nurse who treated him became his first wife. On 26 December 1986, Farage first felt symptoms of what was later discovered to be testicular cancer. He had the left testicle removed, and the cancer had not spread to any other organs.
    From taking office as a UKIP MEP in 1999, Farage has often voiced opposition to the "euro project".
    More Details Hide Details His argument is that "a one-size-fits-all interest rate" cannot work for countries with structurally different economies, often using the example of Greece and Germany to emphasise contrast. Farage strongly opposes the use of bailouts and says that "buying your own debt with tax payers money" will not solve the problem and that, "if we do, the next debt crisis won't be a country it will be the European Central Bank itself". On the issue of welfare, Farage wants migrants to live in the UK for five years before being able to claim benefits, and for them to be ineligible for tax credits. He believes that tax avoidance is caused by "punitive tax rates", and wants "fairer" taxes as a way to prevent it. Farage declared himself personally in favour of the Alternative Vote system of May 2011, saying first-past-the-post would be a "nightmare" for UKIP. The party's stance has to be decided by its central policy-making committee, although Farage has personally expressed a preference for the AV+ system as it "would retain the constituency link and then also the second ballot ensured there were no wasted votes".
    In 1999 the BBC spent four months filming a documentary about his European election campaign but did not air it.
    More Details Hide Details Farage, then head of the UKIP's South East office, asked for a video and had friends make copies which were sold for £5 through the UKIP's magazine. Surrey Trading Standards investigated and Farage admitted the offence. Farage is presently the leader of the 24-member UKIP contingent in the European Parliament, and co-leader of the multinational Eurosceptic group, Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy.
    Farage was elected to the European Parliament in 1999 and re-elected in 2004, 2009 and 2014.
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  • 1993
    Age 28
    He was a founding member of UKIP in 1993.
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  • 1992
    Age 27
    He left the Conservatives in 1992 in protest at Prime Minister John Major government's signing of the Treaty on European Union at Maastricht.
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  • 1989
    Age 24
    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.
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  • 1988
    Age 23
    Farage lives in Single Street, a hamlet in the London Borough of Bromley, "around the corner from his mother." He has been married twice. In 1988 he married Irish nurse Gráinne Hayes, by whom he has two children: Samuel (born 1989) and Thomas (born 1991). The couple divorced in 1997.
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  • 1986
    Age 21
    Initially, he joined the American commodity operation of brokerage firm Drexel Burnham Lambert, transferring to Credit Lyonnais Rouse in 1986.
    More Details Hide Details He joined Refco in 1994, and Natexis Metals in 2003.
  • 1982
    Age 17
    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.
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  • 1975
    Age 10
    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".
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  • 1964
    Born on April 3, 1964.
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