Nigel Farage

Nigel Farage

Nigel Farage is the former leader of the UK Independence Party - Ukip - and is an MEP for South East England.

He took over the leadership in 2010 and precided over the party's first election win, when Douglas Carswell won the Clacton by-election.

He has stood as a candidate for parliament six times, but is yet to win. His best performance was in the 2010 General Election, when he finished third in Buckingham. On the day of that election, he was involved in a plane crash and needed to be pulled semi-conscious from the wreckage of the light aircraft.

He has been married twice. In 1988, he married Gráinne Hayes, by whom he has two children: Samuel and Thomas. The couple divorced in 1997 and two years later he married Kirsten Mehr, a German national, with whom he also has two children, Victoria and Isabelle.

Full name: Nigel Paul Farage
Born: 3rd April 1964
Height: 5'8"
Position: Ukip leader, MEP
Salary: £79,000
Twitter: @Nigel_Farage