Farage to speak at event at the Gaiety

Nigel Farage

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Nigel Farage, the leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party, is coming to the island in November.

He will be speaking at the Gaiety Theatre in Douglas at an event organised by the Sporting and Dining Club.

After two decades on the fringes, Farage’s UKIP gave the main parties a rattling in the recent local elections, where it recorded its best-ever result.

Farage was born in Kent, where he still lives.

In 1993 he co-founded a new Eurosceptic party – The United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), which had one principal goal – to get Britain out of the EU.

Farage was elected as a Member of the European Parliament in 1999.

In the 2010 General Election Nigel Farage raised eyebrows when he contested John Bercow’s seat in Buckingham. It was a subversive thing to do as the Speaker of the House is neutral and not usually challenged.

But on the morning of the election, Farage was involved in an air crash caused by the UKIP election banner the plane was towing getting caught in the plane’s tail fin.

Farage emerged from the accident remarkably quickly.

Last month UKIP won the largest number of votes of any party in the European elections in the UK, marking the first time in modern history that neither Labour nor the Conservatives has won a British national election.

The organiser of Mr Farage’s appearance in the island, John Wannenburgh, said: ‘Whether you subscribe to Prime Minister David Cameron’s 2006 claim that Mr Farage’s UKIP party is full of “fruitcakes, loonies and closet racists”, or regard him as the only man who offers a feasible alternative to the doldrums of current mainstream politics, he’s a fascinating phenomenon, and I am delighted that to present him to the Isle of Man public in November.’

Tickets are available from the Gaiety Theatre box office (Tel 600555) from Friday (June 20). Tickets are £17.50 per person, including the booking fee. All concessions are available exclusively through the Big Local App, free to download on i-phones and androids.

The event will take place on November 11.

It is sponsored by Specsavers Isle of Man.

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