"If I fail to win South Thanet, it is curtains for me. I will have to step down."
In March 2015, Nigel Farage wrote in the Telegraph: “It is frankly just not credible for me to continue to lead the party without a Westminster seat.”
“What credibility would UKIP have in the Commons if others had to enunciate party policy in Parliament and the party leader was only allowed in as a guest?”
“For me personally, everything is on the line. I am standing as the UKIP candidate in South Thanet. If I win, I continue as Leader of the party. If I lose, they’ll be looking for somebody else.”
Mr Farage was re-elected for another four year term as UKIP leader in November 2014, which should see him stay in post until November 2018.
Nigel Farage: I will quit as Ukip leader if I am not MP in two months' time (The Telegraph)
Conservative Craig Mackinlay won Thanet South by almost 3,000 votes, racking up 18,838 to Mr Farage's 16,026. (BBC News)
Farage: "I don’t break my word, so I shall be writing to the Ukip national executive in a few minutes saying that I am standing down as leader of Ukip." (The Independent)
Mr Farage has withdrawn his resignation as leader of Ukip four days after standing down. The party said it had refused to accept Farage’s decision to go. (The Guardian)