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 54)
Downe, Kent, England, United Kingdom[1]
Political partyUK Independence Party
Spouse(s)Gráinne Hayes (m. 1988–1997, divorced)
Kirsten Mehr (m. 1999–present)
Alma materDulwich College
ReligionChurch of England
WebsiteNigel Farage MEP

Nigel Paul Farage (born 3 April 1964) is a British politician. He is the leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP).[2] UKIP is a political party that wants Britain to leave the European Union. He is 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.[3]

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.[4]

Personal life[change | change source]

In his early twenties, Farage was diagnosed with testicular cancer. He made a full recovery.[5][6]

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.[5] They had two children, Victoria (born 2000) and Isabelle (born 2005).[7]

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. "Nigel Farage Re-Elected UKIP Party Leader". Retrieved 22 November 2011.
  3. Andrew Sparrow "Nigel Farage to stand for Ukip leadership again", The Guardian, 3 September 2010
  5. 5.0 5.1 BBC profile
  6. Simon Hattenstone. "Nigel Farage, Ukip: 'Other party leaders live in a PC world.' | Politics". The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-04-06.
  7. Watts, Robert (2007-03-11). "Making plans with Nigel". London: The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2010-05-20.