Nigel Farage

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Nigel Farage

Nigel Farage MEP 1, Strasbourg - Diliff.jpg
Leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party
In office
5 November 2010 – 4 July 2016
Preceded byJeffrey Titford
In office
27 September 2006 – 27 November 2009
Preceded byRoger Knapman
Succeeded byLord Pearson of Rannoch
Member of the European Parliament
for South East England
Assumed office
15 July 1999
Personal details
Born (1964-04-03) 3 April 1964 (age 55)
Downe, Kent, England, United Kingdom[1]
Political partyBrexit Party (Feb 2019 – present)
Independent (Dec 2018 – Feb 2019)
UK Independence Party (1993–2018)
Conservative Party (1978–1993)
Spouse(s)Gráinne Hayes (m. 1988–1997, divorced)
Kirsten Mehr (m. 1999–present)
Alma materDulwich College
WebsiteNigel Farage MEP

Nigel Paul Farage (born 3 April 1964) is a British politician. He is the leader of the Brexit Party. He is also a Member of the European Parliament for the South East England region and is the co-chair of the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy group in the European Parliament.

Nigel Farage left the Conservative Party in 1992 after the Maastricht Treaty was signed by John Major's Conservative government. He was first elected as a Member of the European Parliament in 1999 and was re-elected in 2004 and 2009. In September 2006, he was elected to become the UKIP leader and was party leader during the 2009 European Parliament election where UKIP received the second highest number of votes after the Conservative Party.

In November 2009, Farage resigned as UKIP leader because he wanted to concentrate on being elected to the House of Commons at the 2010 General Election. At the general election, Farage failed to be elected and became the UKIP leader again in November 2010.[2]

Farage stood for election as an MP for South Thanet in 2015. He lost to Craig Mackinlay. He resigned as leader. Four days later, Farage became the leader of the party again.[3] Farage was instrumental in the Brexit campaign and was regarded by many as the main factor why the Leave campaign won and the UK voted to leave the European Union. On 25th August 2016, Farage was invited to a Donald Trump rally, in Jackson, Mississippi, to give him his support in the run-up to the US election in November 2016. During the rally, he said the famous quote "If I was an American citizen, I wouldn't vote for Hillary Clinton if you paid me. In fact, I wouldn't vote for Hillary Clinton if she paid me." Mr. Farage is thought to be the first British politician to address a Republican presidential election rally. Speaking from the United States, Mr. Farage told The Daily Telegraph: “Brexit is just massive over here. I went to the [Republican party] convention in Cleveland and I just could not believe that ordinary people are talking to me about Brexit. They see it as a victory of ordinary people against big business, big banks, and big politics. “The Republican activists and managers here are keen to hear the Brexit story, hear how we managed to get 2.5 million people who don’t normally vote at all to go down to the polling station." Ever since the allegations about Russian interference in the US election, Farage has been viewed by the FBI as a "person of interest" in order to discover wherever he also interfered with the election, like the Russian government.[4]

On Tuesday 4 December 2018, Nigel Farage left the UKIP Party as he believed it's new leader Gerard Batten was becoming too obsessed with Tommy Robinson and Islam.[5]

Personal life[change | change source]

In his early twenties, Farage was diagnosed with testicular cancer. He made a full recovery.[6][7]

Farage has been married twice. He married Gráinne Hayes in 1988. They had two children: Samuel (1989) and Thomas (1991). The marriage ended in divorce in 1997. In 1999 he married Kirsten Mehr, a German national.[6] They had two children, Victoria (born 2000) and Isabelle (born 2005).[8]

References[change | change source]

  1. ‘FARAGE, Nigel Paul’, Who's Who 2012, A & C Black, 2012; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2011 ; online edn, Nov 2011 accessed 22 July 2012
  2. Andrew Sparrow "Nigel Farage to stand for Ukip leadership again", The Guardian, 3 September 2010
  3. correspondent, Rowena Mason Political (11 May 2015). "Nigel Farage withdraws resignation as Ukip leader" – via
  6. 6.0 6.1 Goldsmith, Rosie (4 December 2012). "Profile: Nigel Farage, leader of UKIP" – via
  7. Simon Hattenstone. "Nigel Farage, Ukip: 'Other party leaders live in a PC world.' | Politics". The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-04-06.
  8. Watts, Robert (2007-03-11). "Making plans with Nigel". London: The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2010-05-20.