Farage might quit as UKIP leader - here's when & why

Nigel Farage has claimed he will quit as UKIP leader if he does not win a Parliamentary seat at the upcoming general election.

In the eighth extract of Farage’s book Purple Revolution, he revealed that if he doesn’t win the South Thanet seat, it is “curtains for him”.

In a column for The Telegraph, Farage wrote:

“The consequences of me failing to secure a seat for myself in the Commons would be significant for me and the party. It is frankly just not credible for me to continue to lead the party without a Westminster seat of my own.

“What credibility would UKIP have in the Commons if others had to enunciate party policy in Parliament and the party leader was only allowed in as a guest? Am I supposed to brief UKIP policy from the Westminster Arms? No – if I fail to win South Thanet, it is curtains for me. I will have to step down.”

According to various polls, Farage is likely to win a seat in South Thanet. However, he will have to beat a Conservative majority of nearly 17%.

Currently, UKIP has two MPs are Mark Reckless and Douglas Carswell who are both Tory defectors. They both won by-elections for UKIP in Rochester and Strood and Clacton.


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Readers' comments (3)

  • yes! get the flag out.
    Though I 'liked' Farage I am very disappointed with his 'anti-foreigners' speeches!

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  • C'mon Al Murray! Kick this racist bigot into the long grass where he belongs for evermore.

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  • That would be a great shame as he is the only one that shows some passion amoungstall the political leaders. At least he tells you and does not hide beside innuendos.

    A good man where you either like or dislike but at least you know where you stand.

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