Nigel Farage

UKIP Spring Conference

Watch: Mark Reckless and Steve Crowther discuss day one of Ukip’s spring conference

27 February 2015 19:45

Today has been ‘Nigel Farage Day’ in Margate. Although many of the party’s other prominent characters addressed its spring conference, it was the leader who entirely stole the day with… Continue reading


Farage uses speech to clarify his position

27 February 2015 17:52

Nigel Farage’s speech to the Ukip conference was fine. Not a bad speech, but not his best speech, either. It was just fine. Activists seemed happy, ecstatic, even when he… Continue reading


Ukip aren’t so jubilant anymore

27 February 2015 16:00

Nigel Farage has now arrived at the Ukip conference. He strode through the bar area, followed by an entourage larger than the one that accompanies the Prime Minister. Delegates clapped… Continue reading


Nigel Farage now polling first place in South Thanet

27 February 2015 15:39

Is Nigel Farage having any more luck in South Thanet? According to a new poll from Survation on the eve of Ukip’s spring conference, Farage has pulled ahead of the Tories and… Continue reading


Senior Farage aide misses flight back to Britain

27 February 2015 12:37

Nigel Farage’s gallivanting around in America has resulted in a casualty. Mr Steerpike hears that Raheem Kassam, senior adviser to Farage, missed the flight back home last night. Farage’s right-hand man… Continue reading


Coffee Shots: Pimp my Ukip conference

27 February 2015 11:35

As the devoted Ukip followers arrive at this weekend’s party spring conference in Margate, they can now show their support in a variety of ways. Rather than a basic rosette,… Continue reading

Screenshot 2015-02-26 23.54.15

Nigel Farage tells Republicans to ‘reach out to the grassroots’. But should have stayed at home?

27 February 2015 7:47

Nigel Farage is becoming a jet setter. Yesterday evening, he addressed the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) of Republicans in Maryland. Later today, he is delivering the final speech… Continue reading

Anna Soubry arriving in Downing Street on reshuffle day. Picture: PA

Anna Soubry’s choice of words raises eyebrows

25 February 2015 17:06

After Inside the Commons drew to a close last night, a new row involving the House of Commons documentary developed. Reports have emerged claiming that in unused footage an MP was… Continue reading

Douglas Carswell speaking at a British Future event in Westminster this evening.

Douglas Carswell vs Nigel Farage (again) — but are these real disagreements?

24 February 2015 22:03

Is Douglas Carswell happily at home in Ukip? The Clacton MP’s latest policy intervention, this time on immigration, adds to the sense that his beliefs differ somewhat from his party and… Continue reading


Al Murray tries to muster some funds for his FUKP campaign

18 February 2015 14:33

The Conservatives held a Black and White Tie Ball earlier this month to raise funds for their election campaign, while Ukip are reported to have recently taken a princely sum from Richard… Continue reading

Television UKIP: The First 100 Days

UKIP: The First 100 Days, Channel 4, review: a sad, predictable, desperate hatchet job

18 February 2015 11:31

This is an extract from this week’s magazine, available from tomorrow Just three months into Ukip’s shock victory as the party of government and already Nigel Farage’s mob are starting… Continue reading

Television UKIP: The First 100 Days

‘Ukip: The First 100 Days’ shows the media prefers to laugh at than understand the party

17 February 2015 11:42

What would happen if Britain left the EU later this year? According to Channel 4, the country would descend into riots and anarchy. Last night’s one-off drama Ukip: The First… Continue reading

(Photo: Oli Scarff/Getty)

Kindred spirits? Nigel Farage wants Jean-Claude Juncker as his drinking buddy

16 February 2015 13:50

Nigel Farage wrote in the Spectator of his struggle to complete Dry January, while Jean-Claude Juncker is reported to be partial to a glass of cognac to kick start the day. So… Continue reading

Nigel Farage at the packed campaign launch in Canvey Island, Essex.

Nigel Farage kicks off Ukip election campaign with slogan ‘Believe in Britain’

12 February 2015 15:19

Voting Ukip is a state of mind, according to Nigel Farage. At his first major speech of 2015, and the campaign, in Canvey Island, Essex, Farage set out his stall… Continue reading

First drafts

A tip for MPs on Twitter: know the difference between social and broadcast media

10 February 2015 16:18

Entering ‘Politicians are…’ into the Google search bar brings predictable results. Well, mostly. In amongst ‘liars’, ‘scum’ and ‘all the same’, Google suggests ‘lizards’: David Icke’s reptilian illuminati are still… Continue reading

(Photo: Justin Tallis/Getty)

Ukip says slaughter policy is not aimed at Jews but ‘aimed at others’… ‘you know what I mean’

3 February 2015 17:40

Ukip’s foray into animal rights campaigning is going well. After the Jewish Chronicle pointed out that Nigel Farage boasted to them that he had done a great deal of work… Continue reading


Ukip: We won’t do pacts with other parties

30 January 2015 16:15

Who wants to work with who after the General Election? It’s a question that pundits like to chew over, partly because few politicians can afford to rule anything out with… Continue reading

Nigel Farage reacts during a press confe

Revealed: Nigel Farage once voted for the Green Party

26 January 2015 9:13

Nigel Farage’s secret is out. In an interview with the Mail on Sunday, the leader of Ukip let slip that he once voted for the Green Party. ‘I voted Green… Continue reading

Nigel Farage on the Andrew Marr show this morning. Photo: BBC.

Five points from Nigel Farage’s interview on Marr

25 January 2015 12:12

First Cameron, then Miliband – now it was Nigel Farage’s turn to be granted the status of a January interview on the Marr sofa. And there was plenty to discuss: the Sunday… Continue reading

Did Harriet Harman tell Karen Danczuk to join Girls Aloud?

Karen Danczuk gets closer to Ukip

22 January 2015 11:20

When Simon Danczuk met Nigel Farage for a pint in December, the Labour MP was accused of plotting a defection to Ukip. While Danczuk denied this at the time, his wife… Continue reading


Ukip is sticking to the mainstream line on the NHS

20 January 2015 10:29

One  reason that Ukip seems rather quiet at the moment is that it doesn’t have very much policy to talk about. And one reason for that is that there’s a row going… Continue reading


Will South Thanet care that Al Murray has a gig in Dartford on election night?

19 January 2015 13:00

On election night, Al Murray will not be in South Thanet as is the usual custom among candidate hopefuls. Instead, the 46-year-old comedian will be performing a gig in Dartford. Despite… Continue reading


Al Murray in Twitter spat with Ukip MEP

15 January 2015 16:20

Although Nigel Farage referred to his new political rival Al Murray as the first ‘serious opponent’ he has encountered in South Thanet, not all of Ukip are amused that The Pub Landlord is running… Continue reading

Nigel Farage speaking at a press conference in Westminster this afternoon. Photo:  Mary Turner/Getty Images

Nigel Farage: a two-bit demagogue and believer in lazy ‘Root Causes’

13 January 2015 15:29

Nigel Farage has performed a useful public service this week. Yes, really, he has. The UKIP leader, you see, is a believer in Root Causes. He is, in fact, a Root… Continue reading

(Photo: Oli Scarff/Getty)

Has anyone seen Nigel Farage?

13 January 2015 11:16

‘Ukip seems to have imploded,’ one ‘mainstream’ politician remarked to me yesterday. ‘We haven’t heard anything from them.’ True, Ukip have been rather quiet since Christmas, but anyone in the… Continue reading