Nigel Farage autobiography:
“It is frankly just not credible for me to continue to lead the party without a Westminster seat … was I supposed to brief UKIP policy from the Westminster Arms? No – if I fail to win South Thanet, it is curtains for me. I will have to step down.
Nigel Farage on Friday — having failed to secure a seat:
“I know that you in the media are used to party leaders making endless promises they don’t keep. But I’m a man of my word. I don’t break my word. So I shall be writing to the UKIP national executive … saying I am standing down as leader of UKIP.
But the backtracking had started: as the James Lansdale report above notes: “He didn’t rule out standing again”.
Today to Good Morning Britain:
“I’ve stepped down … There will then be a contest in September for the leader of Ukip. I cannot say whether I will or will not stand. I have absolutely – at this moment in time – no idea.”
But lo and behold he’d developed a somewhat clearer view by the afternoon:
“As promised Nigel Farage tendered his official resignation as leader of UKIP to the NEC. This offer was unanimously rejected by the NEC members who produced overwhelmingly evidence that the UKIP membership did not want Nigel to go.
“The NEC also concluded that UKIP’s general election campaign had been a great success … On that basis Mr Farage withdrew his resignation and will remain leader of UKIP.
A “very senior” UKIP source has already briefed the BBC that this has harmed Farage’s reputation for straight talking. But at least we can permit Godfrey bloom some schadenfreude:
You put your resignation in, Your resignation out, In out in out Then you shake it all about,
— Godfrey Bloom (@goddersbloom) May 11, 2015
Not that Godders is bitter or anything.
Nigel wouldn’t let him ‘take his resignation out’.