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Nigel Farage: I did not bare all in late-night swim

Published 17/09/2016

Arron Banks, right, said he went for a skinny dip with Nigel Farage
Arron Banks, right, said he went for a skinny dip with Nigel Farage

Nigel Farage has insisted he kept his underpants on after going for a late-night swim to celebrate his final conference as Ukip leader.

The MEP, who has been replaced by Diane James in the party's top job, said he headed into the sea off Bournemouth because it was "warm and humid".

Despite claims by Ukip financial backer Arron Banks that they got naked, Mr Farage said his modesty remained intact.

On his new regular LBC show, Mr Farage told listeners he "kept my underpants on".

Mr Farage said it had seemed an "amazingly good idea" to go for the midnight splash but insisted it "wasn't skinny-dipping".

"It was absolutely wonderful," he said.

"I'm not saying we should recommend people chuck themselves into the sea all around the place but I can assure you it's not the first time I've done such a thing and I intend to do it again."

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