Nigel Farage

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Nigel Farage
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Farage in 2018
Leader of the Brexit Party[a]
In office
22 March 2019 – 6 March 2021
ChairmanRichard Tice
Preceded byCatherine Blaiklock
Succeeded byRichard Tice
Leadership offices
1998–2019
President of Europe of Freedom
and Direct Democracy
[b]
In office
20 July 2004 – 1 July 2019
Served withHanne Dahl
Francesco Speroni
David Borrelli
Preceded byJens-Peter Bonde
Succeeded byOffice abolished
Leader of the UK Independence Party
Acting
5 October 2016 – 28 November 2016
ChairmanPaul Oakden
Preceded byDiane James
Succeeded byPaul Nuttall
In office
5 November 2010 – 16 September 2016
DeputyPaul Nuttall
ChairmanSteve Crowther
Preceded byJeffrey Titford (Acting)
Succeeded byDiane James
In office
12 September 2006 – 27 November 2009
DeputyDavid Campbell Bannerman
Christopher Monckton
ChairmanJohn Whittaker
Paul Nuttall
Preceded byRoger Knapman
Succeeded byThe Lord Pearson of Rannoch
Chairman of the UK Independence Party
In office
1998 – 22 January 2000
LeaderMichael Holmes
Preceded byAlan Sked
Succeeded byMike Nattrass
Member of the European Parliament
for South East England
In office
10 June 1999 – 31 January 2020
Preceded byConstituency established
Succeeded byConstituency abolished
Personal details
Born
Nigel Paul Farage

(1964-04-03) 3 April 1964 (age 57)
Farnborough, Kent, England
Political partyReform UK (2019–present)
Other political
affiliations
Spouse(s)
  • Gráinne Hayes
    (m. 1988; div. 1997)
  • Kirsten Mehr
    (m. 1999)
Children4
ResidenceChelsea, London, England[2]
EducationDulwich College
Websitewww.nfarage.com

Nigel Paul Farage (born 3 April 1964) is a British politician. He is the leader of the Brexit Party. He was 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. He is known for being the former leader of the UK Independence Party. Farage has been an important figure in the United Kingdom European Union membership referendum.

Political career[change | change source]

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]

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 25 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."

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.[5]

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.[6]

Personal life[change | change source]

In his early twenties, Farage was diagnosed with testicular cancer. He made a full recovery.[7][8]

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.[7] They have two children, Victoria (born 2000) and Isabelle (born 2005).[9]

Notes[change | change source]

  1. The party was renamed Reform UK in January 2021 and Farage led the renamed party until March 2021.
  2. Farage served as chairman of Independence/Democracy (2004–2009) and Europe of Freedom and Democracy (2009–2014).

References[change | change source]

  1. Farage, Nigel (4 December 2018). "With a heavy heart, I am leaving Ukip. It is not the Brexit party our nation so badly needs". The Daily Telegraph.
  2. "Nigel Farage is sharing secret 'bachelor pad' with a politician". The Independent. 5 February 2017.
  3. Andrew Sparrow "Nigel Farage to stand for Ukip leadership again", The Guardian, 3 September 2010
  4. correspondent, Rowena Mason Political (11 May 2015). "Nigel Farage withdraws resignation as Ukip leader" – via www.theguardian.com.
  5. https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/jun/01/nigel-farage-is-person-of-interest-in-fbi-investigation-into-trump-and-russia
  6. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2018/12/04/heavy-heart-leaving-ukip-not-brexit-party-nation-badly-needs/
  7. 7.0 7.1 Goldsmith, Rosie (4 December 2012). "Profile: Nigel Farage, leader of UKIP" – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  8. Simon Hattenstone. "Nigel Farage, Ukip: 'Other party leaders live in a PC world.' | Politics". The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-04-06. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. Watts, Robert (2007-03-11). "Making plans with Nigel". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 2010-05-20. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

Other websites[change | change source]