Nigel Farage to join Sarah Palin for Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington DC

Ukip leader is set to join darlings of the US right at Republican get-together

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The Independent Online

Nigel Farage will be rubbing shoulders with the stars of the US right, including Sarah Palin.

CPAC, which is set to take place later this month, will see Farage sharing a platform along with high-profile Republicans such as Palin, Jeb Bush, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.

In 2011, CPAC was dogged by controversy when several prominent speakers and organisations boycotted the conference after conservative gay rights group GOProud was included.

The Conservative Political Action Conference will take place from 25-28 February at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, Maryland.

Farage has spoken of his excitement at attending the event. “I am very excited to be coming to speak to so many freedom-loving individuals at CPAC this year – and I consider it an honour to do so,” Farage told Breitbart News.


“In Britain, we are fighting against the creation of a client-state, against rampant corporatism, against a career political class that services vested interests and has forgotten about the world outside of their cosy, Westminster bubble. I understand that in the United States, the fight isn’t all that different.”

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And Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union, is almost as pleased as Farage. “As the incumbent leader of the Independence Party of the United Kingdom, Farage has been one of the most influential voices in the fight for a free democracy, promotion of free market capitalism, and defending the right of every citizen to support himself and his family,” he said in a statement to Breitbart News.

“Our shared values of hard work, commitment to success, and dedication to a better life has influenced our allies in the UK and his message is one that will surely resonate with the activists and students attending this year’s CPAC.”