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UKIP leader Nigel Farage speaks during a press conference in which he announced his resignation after failing to win the South Thanet constituency on May 8, 2015 in Broadstairs, England.

Nigel Farage kowtows to critics and takes a summer break

21 May 2015 18:27

Nigel Farage stamped his authority on Ukip with a round of sackings, but he has also listened to his critics. In his Spectator diary, the Ukip leader admits one of his chief critics… Continue reading

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UKIP leader Nigel Farage passes UKIP deputy chairwoman Suzanne Evans during the launch of the party's election manifesto on April 15, 2015 in Thurrock, England;

Nigel Farage insists he has future plans for Suzanne Evans

20 May 2015 9:35

Peace appears to have broken out across Ukip, albeit after Nigel Farage has stamped down on those who criticised him. Suzanne Evans is the latest casualty of the Ukip wars,… Continue reading

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Is Mark Reckless set to become Ukip’s Head of Policy?

19 May 2015 21:03

Mark Reckless has been rather quiet during the recent Ukip wars. After losing Rochester & Strood to the Conservatives, it has been expected he would return to the party in… Continue reading

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Nigel Farage Announces UKIP's Economic Policy

Patrick O’Flynn issues humiliating apology and resigns as economics spokesman

19 May 2015 14:19

Patrick O’Flynn has apologised for starting last week’s Ukip wars. I understand that O’Flynn met with Farage in Strasbourg this morning — the first time the pair had sat down… Continue reading

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Coffee Shots: Friends reunited

18 May 2015 12:13

What a difference a day makes. Only yesterday it seemed that the Ukip civil war was still rattling on, with Nigel Farage’s former senior advisor Raheem Kassam writing a feisty article for the Telegraph criticising… Continue reading

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Suzanne Evans on the Andrew Marr show this morning. Photo: BBC.

Ukip’s Suzanne Evans: ‘nobody wants Nigel to leave’

17 May 2015 11:02

Ukip’s internal warfare continues today with interventions from both sides. Suzanne Evans, the party’s deputy chairman, appeared on the Andrew Marr Show this morning to play down the tensions. She told Andrew… Continue reading

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UKIP leader Nigel Farage campaigns with Clacton MP Douglas Carswell, on April 13, 2015 in Clacton, England.

Douglas Carswell breaks cover and says Farage ‘needs to take a break now’

15 May 2015 22:50

Nigel Farage said today his critics need to put up or shut up and Douglas Carswell has chosen the former. Confirming that he is the ‘senior figure’ Farage mentioned earlier,… Continue reading

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Exclusive: Nigel Farage ‘never resigned’ from Ukip in ‘stitch up’

15 May 2015 15:54

It has been alleged that Nigel Farage never formally resigned from Ukip as part of what party sources have told the Spectator was a stitch up to avoid a leadership… Continue reading

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Paul Lambert out as Ukip’s head of communications

15 May 2015 14:47

The Ukip wars have taken another casualty: the party’s head of communications Paul ‘Gobby’ Lambert. Guido reports that the ‘press office has declared war on the leader’ and it appears… Continue reading

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UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage leaves the party's head office in central London on May 15, 2015.

Podcast special: can Nigel Farage survive the Ukip wars?

15 May 2015 13:35

In this View from 22 special podcast, Fraser Nelson and Sebastian Payne discuss the ongoing Ukip wars with Laura Pitel from The Times. Can Nigel Farage survive as leader? Is there… Continue reading

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Will anything go right for Nigel Farage?

15 May 2015 12:27

Anxious viewers tuned into Question Time last night to watch live coverage of the ongoing Nigel Farage crisis. Quite a week for the Ukip leader. Up and down. In and out.… Continue reading

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Nigel Farage Speech At UKIP Public Meeting In Basingstoke on April 9, 2014 in Basingstoke, England..

Nigel Farage tells mystery ‘senior figure’ to put up or shut up

15 May 2015 12:18

Nigel Farage’s fight back has continued with an interview on Sky News this morning. Following on from his appearance on Question Time, the Ukip leader described an ‘astonishing’ level of support… Continue reading

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Douglas Carswell (L) and UKIP leader Nigel Farage eat ice-creams as they visit Clacton-On-Sea, in eastern England, on October 9, 2014.

Have Nigel Farage and Douglas Carswell reached détente over Ukip’s Short money?

15 May 2015 8:39

The row over what to do with its Short money was the tinderbox for Ukip’s internal tensions. Although the war between Team Farage and Team O’Flynn has been bubbling away for… Continue reading

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UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage leaves the party's head offices in central London, on May 14, 2015.

The ‘save Nigel Farage’ operation is underway, but is it too late?

14 May 2015 18:16

It is touch and go whether Nigel Farage can survive as Ukip leader. With key figures such as former leader Roger Knapman, donor Stuart Wheeler and treasurer Hugh Williams saying… Continue reading

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Raheem Kassam un-sacked as Nigel Farage’s senior adviser

14 May 2015 16:34

Raheem Kassam, senior adviser to Nigel Farage, has not been ‘sacked’ from Ukip after all. It was reported earlier this afternoon that he had left the party today — as… Continue reading

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Does Patrick O’Flynn actually want a new leader for Ukip?

14 May 2015 13:18

Patrick O’Flynn has surfaced to explain his remarks about Nigel Farage and the team around him. On Sky News, O’Flynn denied he was gunning for Farage’s position, describing him as… Continue reading

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Nigel Farage (R) speaks as deputy chairwoman Suzanne Evans (C) and MEP Patrick O'Flynn (L) look on during the launch of the party's election manifesto on April 15, 2015 in Thurrock, England.

Exclusive: Team Farage suggests O’Flynn has had ‘personal problems’

14 May 2015 11:31

The briefing war inside Ukip continues with the Nigel Farage camp hitting back at Patrick O’Flynn, after his remarks in the Times today. The battle is between two sides: those who are… Continue reading

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UKIP Economics Spokesman Patrick O'Flynn addresses an invited audience during a visit to Concept Metal Products & Co Ltd on March 23, 2015, Heywood in Manchester, England.

Ukip wars, part 389: Patrick O’Flynn declares war on Nigel Farage

14 May 2015 8:47

Ukip is doing a very good job of convincing voters it is not a serious party. After days of shadowboxing over the use of Short money to fund the party… Continue reading

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Paddy Ashdown promised to eat his hat on live television if the BBC's exit poll was correct

Time for the pundits to keep their word

13 May 2015 12:57

There were some dangerous pledges made in the heat of the election battle from both politicians and pundits. Paddy Ashdown promised to eat his hat should the exit poll prediction bear… Continue reading

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It’s Labour’s loss if they don’t take Ukip voters seriously

13 May 2015 11:08

Almost four million people voted for Ukip on 7 May. That, in itself, is an astonishing achievement for a party which is a) newish and b) endured more vilification than even… Continue reading

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What Labour must do is estrange its awful voters

13 May 2015 10:09

And so now we have to suffer the epic delusions, temper tantrums and hissy fits of the metro-left. They simply cannot believe how you scumbags could have got it so… Continue reading

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UKIP leader Nigel Farage campaigns with Clacton MP Douglas Carswell, on April 13, 2015 in Clacton, England.

Could this be the row that sees Douglas Carswell leave Ukip?

12 May 2015 17:22

Ukip is embroiled in an almighty row about money. It suddenly has too much of it, apparently. Guido reports that Douglas Carswell is refusing to take the full £650,000 of Short… Continue reading

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David Miliband discussing his brother's leadership of the Labour Party on the BBC photo. Photo: BBC.

Podcast special: the Cabinet reshuffle, David Miliband’s interview and Farage returns

11 May 2015 18:29

In this View from 22 podcast special, James Forsyth, Isabel Hardman and I discuss the final appointments in David Cameron’s new Cabinet and what they show about Cameron’s approach to party… Continue reading

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Nigel Farage (L) and'Al Murray look on as Conservative Party candidate, Craig Mackinlay, is announced as the winner of the South Thanet constituency on May 8, 2015.

Revealed: why Nigel Farage is still Ukip leader

11 May 2015 17:35

He’s gone, now he’s back. After four days in the political wilderness, Nigel Farage has returned as leader of Ukip. In a slightly bizarre statement, the party’s chairman Steve Crowther said Farage… Continue reading

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Breaking: Nigel Farage to remain Ukip leader until the end of time

11 May 2015 15:46

Well, when Nigel Farage said he might come back as Ukip leader, we didn’t expect it would be quite so soon. Today the party’s NEC unanimously rejected Farage’s resignation, on… Continue reading

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