(UK POOL/ITN) – The leader of Britain’s anti-EU United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) has stepped down from his post after failing to win a seat in the country’s parliament, election officials said on Friday (May 8).
UKIP leader Nigel Farage came second in the seat of South Thanet in south-eastern England, well behind the candidate from Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative Party after what opinion polls had suggested would be a close fight.
Farage, who has almost single-handedly propelled his party to prominence, said in March that he would quit as its leader if he failed to win the seat.
UKIP wants to withdraw Britain from the EU and was the largest party in Britain’s European Parliament election in May 2014, with 27 percent of the vote.
But its popularity has fallen over the past year and it won just one seat in the Westminster parliament.
The Conservative party has secured an effective parliamentary majority with most results from a national election reported.
With only 10 of 650 parliamentary seats still to announce results on Friday, the Conservatives had won 325. The main opposition Labour party was trailing far behind at 228.