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Nigel Farage is back as Ukip leader, after party members reject his resignation

By Claire Cromie

Nigel Farage has withdrawn his resignation and will remain Ukip leader following uproar among the party membership.

Chairman Steve Crowther released a statement on Monday afternoon, saying Farage's offer to resign was unanimously rejected by the National Executive Committee, who "produced overwhelmingly evidence" that the Ukip membership did not want him to go.

It read: "The NEC also concluded that Ukip’s general election campaign had been a great success. We have fought a positive campaign with a very good manifesto and despite relentless, negative attacks and an astonishing last minute swing to the Conservatives over fear of the SNP, that in these circumstances, four million votes was an extraordinary achievement.

"On that basis Mr Farage withdrew his resignation and will remain leader of Ukip. In addition the NEC recognised that the referendum campaign has already begun this week and we need our best team to fight that campaign led by Nigel. He has therefore been persuaded by the NEC to withdraw his resignation and remains leader of Ukip."

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