General Election 2015: Nigel Farage remains Ukip leader after resignation rejected by party

 
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Nigel Farage will remain the leader of Ukip - despite handing in his resignation after being defeated in South Thanet in the General Election last week.

Ukip members have rejected the leaders attempt to quit because they did not want him to go.

"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 overwhelming evidence that the Ukip membership did not want Nigel to go.

"He has therefore been persuaded by the NEC to withdraw his resignation and remains leader of Ukip," said party chairman Steve Crowther.

Farage failed to win in the hotly contested seat of South Thanet, leaving the party with just one seat.

He had promised to resign if he failed to become an MP, and duly stood down following the election on a day rocked by leader resignations.

"I'm a man of my word" Farage said on Friday and that a "great weight has been lifted" and he had "never felt happier".

Statement from Steve Crowther, Chairman of UKIP:"As promised Nigel Farage tendered his official resignation as leader...

Posted by Nigel Farage on Monday, 11 May 2015

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