The Nigel Farage story – BBC News

Image copyright PA Image caption Nigel Farage has led his party, on and off, for 10 years

Nigel Farage’s slogan during the course of its 20 -year campaign to take the UK out of the European union was “I want my country back”.

Now the UKIP leader has achieved his ultimate political aspiration, apparently against all the odds. And he has turned that epithet on himself – telling reporters that he “wants their own lives back” and is now standing down.

The face of Euroscepticism in the UK for get the hell out of there for two decades, Mr Farage helped turn UKIP from a fringe force-out to the third biggest party in UK politics in terms of referendums at the 2015 general election, and he helped persuade more than 17 million people to election to leave the EU.

Few legislators have been more closely identified with the party they result. Much of that success has been a product of Mr Farage’s straight talking, everyman image, a image editor’s dreaming when snapped grinning with pint or cigarette( sometimes both) in hand.

His “man in the pub” image and dislike for political correctness left him free to attack contenders for being mechanical and overly on-message.

This inspired affection and respect among those who agreed with him on core messages about cutting immigration and leaving the EU.

True to his image as an outspoken saloon bar philosopher, he got into plenty of fights.

Media captionNigel Farage: Stepping down as leader after the 2015 election

During the general election campaign, it was over Tv debate comments he made about migrants employing the NHS for expensive HIV treatment. They depicted an angry rebuke from Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood, who told him: “You ought to be ashamed of yourself.”

But despite widespread condemnation from foes, reports quoted UKIP insiders saying specific comments – dubbed “shock and awful” – were part of a carefully planned move to appeal to the party’s base. One senior aide was quoted as saying his statements would be welcomed by “millions and millions” of working-class voters.

Media captionNigel Farage: During the 2014 European election debate

So how did a stockbroker’s son become a mouthpiece for the disaffected working class?

Nigel Paul Farage was born on 3 April 1964 in Kent. His alcoholic father, Guy Oscar Justus Farage, walked out on the family when Nigel was five.

Yet this seemed to do little to damage the youngster’s conventional upper-middle-class upbringing. Nigel attended fee-paying Dulwich College, where he developed a love of cricket, rugby and political debate.

He chose at persons under the age of 18 not to be done in order to university, entering the City instead.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Nigel Farage style of campaigning marked him out from other politicians

With his gregarious, laddish styles he proved popular among our customers and fellow traders on the metals exchange. Mr Farage, who started work just before the “big bang” in the City, earned a more-than-comfortable living, but had another calling – politics.

Farage factfile

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Age: 52

Family: Wedded with two daughters to Kirsten Mehr. Two grown-up sons with ex-wife

Education: Did not attend university after leaving fee-paying Dulwich College at 18

Career: City commodities trader from 1982, starting at London Metals Exchange

Political timeline 😛 TAGEND 1992 – Left Conservatives in protest at signing of Maastricht Treaty 1993 – Founder member of UKIP 1999 – Elected to European Parliament, representing South East England 2006 – Elected UKIP leader 2009 – Stood down to challenge Speaker John Bercow in 2010 general election 2010 – Despite failing to become an MP, won second leadership contest 2014 – Led UKIP to largest share of vote in European election 2015 – Fought Kent seat of South Thanet in general election 2016 – Helps Leave campaign to win EU referendum 2016 – Announces standing down as UKIP leader Media captionFed up with what they describe as a pro-European conspiracy among the major parties, the UK Independence Party believe that their day has come Image caption Nigel Farage’s fight with Robert Kilroy-Silk marked a low point for the party Image caption The aircraft crash on polling day in 2010 left the UKIP leader with long-term traumata Image caption Mr Farage resigned in 2015 but this time says there is no chance of him coming back Image caption Mr Farage’s focus on immigration caused dispute but helped changed the outcome of the EU referendum Image caption Mr Farage has said he will remain as an MEP in Brussels to ensure there is no “backsliding” on Brexit

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