So we’ve lost our leader. Nigel Farage, the man who brought UKIP to the attention of the masses, the man who led us into this election, the man at the head of the fastest-growing party in the country, the man who said he would go if he was not elected in South Thanet.
Well, now we know at least that he is a man of his word. When Conservative Craig Mackinlay was announced the winner in Thanet, Nigel knew the end was nigh and, true to his promise, he fell on his sword.
He was the architect of the rise of the party from 1.5 percent of the vote in the poll of 2001 to well over 12 percent of the voters today, many of whom are disaffected working class men and women who have seen their wages being eroded and their jobs vanish over the years.
His outspoken comments, often with a drink or a cigarette in his hand, were criticised as ‘shocking’, but, like the party’s policies, they resonated with voters throughout the country, culminating in almost four million votes for the party – a fantastic result for a party that was launched little more than 20 years ago.
In 2010, the party did not win any seats but neither did they come second in any constituencies. Candidates came third in four seats. Contrast this with the 2015 election in which they won one seat, came second in no less than 120 constituencies and in 364 seats they came third. Make no mistake, UKIP is now a mainstream political force, and it’s mainly down to Nigel Farage.
It is reported that Nigel has offered the chair of the party to his deputy Suzanne Evans who has asked the National Executive to make a ruling on whether she should take the role. It is understood that a full leadership election will be held in the autumn and there are some media who claim Nigel will stand again.
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