Electoral history of Nigel Farage
Nigel Farage is a British politician who has stood as a candidate representing the eurosceptic UK Independence Party (UKIP) since 1994. He has been a Member of the European Parliament representing South East England since the 1999 election, winning re-election three times. Farage has stood for election to the House of Commons seven times, in five general elections and two by-elections, but has not won any of those elections. He was also a proponent of the UK leaving the European Union in the 2016 referendum, in which the electorate voted to do so by 52% to 48%.
Farage was voted UKIP leader in the September 2006 leadership election, and led them in the 2009 European Parliament election in which his party won the second-highest number of votes and seats after the Conservative Party. He resigned as leader later that year in order to concentrate on the 2010 general election. In late 2010, he was voted leader for a second time after the resignation of Lord Pearson of Rannoch. Farage led UKIP in the 2014 European Parliament election, in which his party won the most votes and seats; this was the first time since the December 1910 general election that Labour or the Conservatives did not get the most seats in a British nationwide election. He resigned as UKIP leader after the 2016 referendum.
The first election to the House of Commons that Farage contested was the 1994 Eastleigh by-election. After standing unsuccessfully for election in the next three general elections, all in a different constituency, he stood in the 2006 Bromley and Chislehurst by-election, in which he finished third with 8.1% of the vote. In the 2010 general election, Farage stood against the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, in the constituency of Buckingham, again finishing third with 17.4% of the vote. Five years later, he stood in the general election in the constituency of South Thanet, finishing second to the Conservative Craig Mackinlay, with 32.4% of the vote.
UK Parliament elections
|Date of election||Constituency||Party||Votes||%||Result|
|1994 by-election||Eastleigh||UKIP||952||1.7||Not elected|
|1997 general election||Salisbury||UKIP||3,332||5.7||Not elected|
|2001 general election||Bexhill and Battle||UKIP||3,474||7.8||Not elected|
|2005 general election||South Thanet||UKIP||2,079||5.0||Not elected|
|2006 by-election||Bromley and Chislehurst||UKIP||2,347||8.1||Not elected|
|2010 general election||Buckingham||UKIP||8,410||17.4||Not elected|
|2015 general election||South Thanet||UKIP||16,026||32.4||Not elected|
European Parliament elections
|Date of election||Constituency||Party||Votes||%||Result|
|1994 European election||Itchen, Test and Avon||UKIP||12,423||5.4||Not elected|
|1999 European election||South East England||UKIP||144,514||9.7||Elected|
|2004 European election||South East England||UKIP||431,111||19.5||Elected|
|2009 European election||South East England||UKIP||440,002||18.8||Elected|
|2014 European election||South East England||UKIP||751,439||32.1||Elected|
UKIP leadership elections
|Date of election||Votes||%||Result|
|2006 leadership election||3,239||45.0||Elected|
|2010 leadership election||6,085||60.5||Elected|
Elections to the House of Commons
Elections to the House of Commons are decided by first-past-the-post voting. Each voter votes for one candidate, and the candidate who receives the most votes in each constituency becomes a Member of Parliament.
|Liberal Democrat||David Chidgey||24,473||44.3||+16.3|
|Monster Raving Loony||David Sutch||783||1.4||N/A|
|Natural Law||Peter Warburton||145||0.3||N/A|
|Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative||Swing||−16.8|
|Liberal Democrat||Yvonne Emmerson-Peirce||18,736||32.2||−5.0|
|Natural Law||Shirley Haysom||110||0.2||0.0|
|Liberal Democrat||Stephen Philip Hardy||11,052||24.7||−0.8|
|Labour||Anne Elizabeth Moore-Williams||8,702||19.4||+1.3|
|Liberal Democrat||Guy Voizey||5,431||13.2||+3.8|
|Liberal Democrat||Ben Abbotts||10,988||37.8||+17.5|
|National Front||Paul Winnett||476||1.6||N/A|
|English Democrat||Steven Uncles||212||0.7||N/A|
|Monster Raving Loony||John Cartwright||132||0.5||N/A|
|Money Reform||Anne Belsey||33||0.1||N/A|
|Buckinghamshire Campaign for Democracy||John Stevens||10,331||21.4||N/A|
|Monster Raving Loony||Colin Dale||856||1.8||N/A|
|Cut The Deficit||Simon Strutt||107||0.2||N/A|
|Liberal Democrat||Russell Timpson||932||1.9||−13.2|
|No description||Al Murray||318||0.6||N/A|
|Manston Airport Independent||Ruth Bailey||191||0.4||N/A|
|We Are The Reality Party||Nigel Askew||126||0.3||N/A|
|Party for a United Thanet||Grahame Birchall||63||0.1||N/A|
|Al-Zebabist Nation of Ooog||Robert George Zebadiah Abu-Obadiah||30||0.05||N/A|
Elections to the European Parliament
Up to and including the 1994 election, British elections to the European Parliament used the first-past-the-post system.
|Liberal Democrat||A.D. Barron||74,553||32.4|
|Natural Law||A.D. Miller-Smith||1,368||0.6|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Since 1999, all British elections to the European Parliament have been done by a proportional representation system, in which each voter votes for one party in their constituency. The seats allotted for the constituency are then divided between the parties depending on their share of the vote.
Elected candidates are named. Brackets indicate the number of votes per seat won.
|European Election 1999: South East England|
|Conservative||James Provan, Roy Perry, Daniel Hannan, James Elles, Nirj Deva||661,932
|Labour||Peter Skinner, Mark F. Watts||292,146
|Liberal Democrat||Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne, Chris Huhne||228,136
|Open Democracy for Stability||1,857||0.1||N/A|
|Making a Profit in Europe||1,400||0.1||N/A|
|European Election 2004: South East England|
|Conservative||Daniel Hannan, Nirj Deva, James Elles, Richard Ashworth||776,370
|UKIP||Nigel Farage, Ashley Mote||431,111
|Liberal Democrat||Chris Huhne, Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne||338,342
|Senior Citizens Party||42,861||1.9||N/A|
|European Election 2009: South East England|
|Conservative||Daniel Hannan, Richard Ashworth, Nirj Deva, James Elles||812,288
|UKIP||Nigel Farage, Marta Andreasen||440,002
|Liberal Democrat||Sharon Bowles, Catherine Bearder||330,340
|European Election 2014: South East England|
|UKIP||Nigel Farage, Janice Atkinson, Diane James, Ray Finch||751,439
|Conservative||Daniel Hannan, Nirj Deva, Richard Ashworth||723,571
|Liberal Democrat||Catherine Bearder||187,876||8.04||-6.11|
|An Independence from Europe||45,199||1.93||N/A|
|UK Independence Party leadership election, 2006|
|UK Independence Party leadership election, 2010|
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