Nigel Farage wiki – Nigel Farage Biography
Nigel Farage wiki: Nigel Paul Farage born 3 April 1964 is a British politician, broadcaster and political analyst. He has been a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the South East England constituency since 1999 and is a Vice-Chairman of the pro-Brexit organization Leave Means Leave.
He is best known as the former leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) from 2006 to 2009 and again from 2010 to 2016. He co-chairs the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (formerly “Europe of Freedom and Democracy”) group. A prominent Eurosceptic in the UK, he has been noted for his speeches in the European Parliament and has strongly criticized the euro currency.
Farage was a founding member of UKIP, having left the Conservative Party in 1992 after the signing of the Maastricht Treaty. After unsuccessfully campaigning in European and Westminster parliamentary elections for UKIP since 1994, he was elected MEP for South East England in the 1999 European Parliament election. He was subsequently re-elected in 2004, 2009 and, most recently, at the 2014 European parliament election.
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. In November 2010, Farage successfully stood in the 2010 UKIP leadership contest, following the resignation of Lord Pearson of Rannoch.
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. In June 2016, Farage was a prominent supporter of the successful campaign for a vote in favor of leaving the EU in the UK EU membership referendum. On 4 July 2016, Farage again announced his resignation as leader of UKIP, triggering a leadership election. Diane James was elected to succeed him, but she resigned as leader after just 18 days and Farage became an interim leader on 5 October 2016. A second leadership election was held in November, which was won by Paul Nuttall, who thus succeeded Farage. Farage was ranked second in The Daily Telegraph’s 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. In 2017, Farage began contributing to the American television network Fox News. In 2018, Farage joined Leave Means Leave. On 4 December 2018 Farage announced his resignation from UKIP over the appointment of Tommy Robinson and the National Executive’s backing of Leader Gerard Batten.
Nigel Farage Broadcasting career
Since January 2017, Farage has hosted The Nigel Farage Show on the UK radio station LBC. The show is broadcast live on Mondays to Thursdays from 6 pm to 7 pm. Also, since September 2017, Farage has hosted an additional new show on LBC, The Nigel Farage Show On Sunday, which is broadcast live every Sunday from 10 am to 12 noon.
Since March 2018, Farage has hosted a new podcast under the LBC banner entitled Farage Against The Machine, a play on words for the term ‘rage against the machine’, where Farage discusses the latest political developments and political news with political figures who he both agrees, and disagrees with. New episodes of the podcast are released every Friday. The podcast is available from almost any podcast player via that player’s search bar.
Nigel Farage Personal life
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, with whom he has two children: Samuel (born 1989) and Thomas (born 1991). The couple divorced in 1997. In 1999, he married Kirsten Mehr, a German national; the couple has two children. His wife told the Press Association in February 2017 that the couple was living “separate lives” and Farage “moved out of the family home a while ago”. He has spoken of how his children have been teased because of their relation to him. In a BBC interview with Rachel Johnson in May 2017 he described himself as “53, separated, skint broke”, citing 20 years of campaigning as the reason for both.
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 has employed 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 an 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 cancer had not spread to any other organs.
In 2010, Farage published a memoir, entitled Fighting Bull (Flying Free in paperback), outlining the founding of UKIP and his personal and political life so far. A second book, The Purple Revolution: The Year That Changed Everything, was released by Biteback Publishing in 2015.
Farage is also a keen cricket fan and has appeared on Test Match Special. He appeared in an advertisement for the bookmaker Paddy Power ahead of golf’s 2014 Ryder Cup. However, due to spinal injuries since his 2010 plane crash, he cannot play golf. Farage is also an association football fan and supports Crystal Palace FC. He likes to relax by fishing alone at night on the Kent coast. Farage is a smoker and also fond of beer, this forming part of his public image. Farage is a member of the East India, Devonshire, Sports and Public Schools’ Club, a gentlemen’s club situated in St. James’s Square in London.
Farage is a Christian. In 2014 he described himself as a “somewhat lapsed” member of the Church of England
In April 2018, Farage said that his two youngest children have both British and German passports and that they speak “perfect German”.
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