Nigel Farage will quit as Ukip leader if he fails to win a Parliamentary seat at the general election in May.
The Ukip leader has admitted it will be “curtains” for his tenure at the helm of the Eurosceptic party if he does not win the South Thanet seat in two months.
Mr Farage was elected for a four year term as Ukip leader last November, but revealed he could step down after May in the latest extract from his book which is being serialised in the Daily Telegraph.
It comes as he revealed that he did not believe the children of new immigrants to the United Kingdom should be allowed to attend state schools for five years after their arrival.
In pictures: The rise of Ukip
In pictures: The rise of Ukip
1/8 1993: Alan Sked forms Ukip
History professor Alan Sked had been active in anti-EU politics for a while beore he founded Ukip in 1993. He resigned from the party after the 1997 election, concerned that it was attracting far-right members, and has been critical of Ukip since. Picture: Reuters
2/8 2005: Kilroy defects
Former TV presenter Robert Kilroy-Silk founded Veritas in 2005, after a failed bid to become leader, and took many of Ukip's elected members with him. But the party slowly lost its popularity and didn't put forward any candidates in the last election. Picture: REUTERS/Kieran Doherty REUTERS KD/RUS
3/8 2010: Farage becomes leader, again
Farage had led Ukip from 2006 until 2009, when he stood down to fight against the Speaker, John Bercow, for his Buckingham seat. He failed to win the election and returned to lead the party in November 2010. Picture: REUTERS/Kieran Doherty
4/8 2010: Ukip fights for election
Nigel Farage was injured in a plane crash on polling day in the 2010 general election, but his party increased its success in the votes. It fielded 572 candidates and took 3.1% of the vote, though failed to win any seats. REUTERS/Darren Staples
5/8 2013: Eastleigh gains
Ukip's candidate Diane James got the highest ever number of votes for any candidate from the party, but was beaten by the Liberal Democrats. The surge in support gave Ukip confidence ahead of local and European elections later in the year. Picture: Reuters
6/8 2013: Bloom kicked out
Godfrey Bloom, who served as an Ukip MEP from 2004 to 2014, had the whip withdrawn in 2013 after sexist comments and an attack on a journalist. He sat as an independent MEP until 2014, when he ended his term in office. Picture: REUTERS/Luke MacGregor
7/8 2014: European election success
Ukip got a higher proportion of the vote than any other party in 2014's European elections, adding 11 new MEPs and taking its total to 24. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor
8/8 2014: Carswell defects
Douglas Carswell defected from Ukip at the end of August, and was followed by Mark Reckless at the end of September, who resigned from the Tories amid rumours of many more defections to come. Picture: REUTERS/Toby Melville
In an interview with the Guardian and the Mirror Online, he said immigrants would not be expected to bring dependents with them for a period of time.
In the latest extracts from his new book, Mr Farage wrote: “It is frankly just not credible for me to continue to lead the party without a Westminster seat. What credibility would Ukip have in the Commons if others had to enunciate party policy in Parliament and the party leader was only allowed in as a guest?
“Was I supposed to brief Ukip policy from the Westminster Arms? No, if I fail to win South Thanet, it is curtains for me. I will have to step down.”
He said he hopes that staking his political future on victory in South Thanet will draw the “flak” from the Labour and Conservatives towards him and away from the party’s other target seats.
The revelation came as he backed a policy on the Ukip website saying immigrants must support themselves and their dependents for five years before gaining access to state education, housing and health care, except in emergencies.
“I wouldn’t foresee people coming into Britain immediately being allowed to bring children to go through the state system,” he said.Reuse content