Nigel Farage quits as Ukip leader: See his career told in pictures with his mouth open

Nigel Farage has quit as Ukip leader after he failed to win Thanet South from the Conservatives.

Here’s his career – in pictures of him with his mouth open.

In 1982, Farage decided to work in the City as a commodities trader instead of going to university. Nigel Farage(Gareth Fuller/PA)

We’ve no doubt that didn’t stop him from enjoying pints though!

He was a member of the Conservatives but was a founding member of Ukip in 1993 after leaving the Conservatives the year before. Nigel Farage(Gareth Fuller/PA)

That’s when he really put his eurosceptic hat on. Nigel Farage(Joe Giddens/PA)

Farage has been unsuccessful in becoming an MP since he first tried in 1994. It must feel like getting egged every time like this incident in May 2014. Nigel Farage(Gareth Fuller/PA)

But his luck changed when he was elected as a member of the European Parliament for South East England in 1999 and he’s been part of that ever since. Nigel Farage(Ben Birchall/PA)

And in 2006 he became leader of Ukip for the first time. Nigel Farage(Dave Thompson/PA)

Until 2009. Nigel Farage(Dave Thompson/PA )

In the 2009 European Parliament Election, Ukip won the second-highest share of the vote with two million votes. Nige was really happy. Nigel Farage(Gareth Fuller/PA)

And in 2010 he became leader of Ukip again. Nigel Farage(Virginia Mayo/AP)

He tried to contest Speaker John Bercow’s seat in Buckingham in the 2010 General Election. Nigel Farage(Gareth Fuller/PA)

But failed. Nigel Farage plane crash(Rui Vieira/PA)

He even was involved in a plane crash on the election day. Double bad luck. Nigel Farage(Gareth Fuller/PA)

He probably had this face on again. Nigel Farage(Gareth Fuller/PA)

But 2014 was a good year – he was re-elected as MEP in the 2014 European Election. Nigel Farage(Owen Humphreys/PA)

Then in August he was selected to stand for the South Thanet seat in the 2015 General Election. Nigel Farage(Gareth Fuller/PA)

The same month Douglas Carswell defected to Ukip and won the part its first ever parliamentary seat in August 2014. Farage was relieved. Nigel Farage and Mark Reckless(Gareth Fuller/PA)

And in November Mark Reckless defected to Ukip and won his Rochester and Strood seat in a by-election. Nigel Farage(Lefteris Pitarakis/AP)

But in the May 2015 General Election he lost it. Nigel Farage(Dave Thompson/PA)

But Douglas Carswell held on to Clacton seat. Nigel Farage Al Murray Craig Mackinlay(Matt Dunham/AP)

However it was quite a blow to Farage when he failed to secure the Thanet South seat, losing to Conservative Craig Mackinlay by almost 3,000 votes. This time his mouth was closed. Nigel Farage(Gareth Fuller/PA)

But he probably felt like this inside. Nigel Farage(Gareth Fuller/PA)

So he stepped down as Ukip leader, as he had said he would if he failed to win the seat.

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