'My head is on the chopping block': Farage admits general election is 'all or nothing' moment of his career

  • Ukip leader has vowed to resign as Ukip leader if he loses Thanet South
  • Mr Farage is facing a three-way battle against the Tories and Labour
  • Ukip has seen its support squeezed from 18% in the polls to around 14%
  • After targeting 'dozens' of seats it is now focussing its fire on 10 marginals 

Nigel Farage has admitted his ‘neck is on the line’ - as he said he will give up his attempts to become an MP if he does not win tomorrow.

The Ukip leader pledged to stand by his promise to step down from his role in charge of the party if he is not elected in South Thanet.

As he campaigned in the Kent constituency, Mr Farage said he expected the result to be ‘tight’ in what he described as the ‘biggest fight of his political career’.

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Ukip leader Nigel Farage - pictured campaigning in Ramsgate in south east England this afternoon - has vowed to stand down if he fails to become an MP tomorrow

Ukip leader Nigel Farage - pictured campaigning in Ramsgate in south east England this afternoon - has vowed to stand down if he fails to become an MP tomorrow

Mr Farage - posing for a selfie with a supporter on the final day of the election campaign - is trying to turn round an 8,000 vote Tory majority

Mr Farage - posing for a selfie with a supporter on the final day of the election campaign - is trying to turn round an 8,000 vote Tory majority

The contest is the seventh time Mr Farage has stood for Parliament. Asked if it would be his last if he is unsuccessful, Mr Farage said: ‘I would have thought so, wouldn’t you? I think this is the final countdown here.’

Mr Farage said that he would stand by his promise to step down as party leader if he loses. He said: ‘I am the leader of the party, I have got to get elected, because if I don’t I will get the chop.

‘My neck is on the line, I better get canvassing.’

Mr Farage, who briefly stepped down as party leader in 2010 before returning to the role, said he did not intend to ‘do an Alex Salmond’ and return to frontline politics. He added: ‘I’ve done that already, I don’t think I could do it for a third time.’

During the election campaign, Mr Farage has predominantly spent most of his time in the seat where he is standing.

He said that he believed he had given ‘my all’ to the contest and has put ‘quite a few bob’ on winning.

‘I’m not in the same position as Mr Cameron and Miliband. I have not got a safe seat, I have got to win this seat, so that is why I am here for the last 48 hours,’ he said.

‘We all make mistakes in life, none of us have ever been perfect. But I think Ukip has fought a very good, solid, sensible campaign.

‘I think what the British public has seen it is a lot more than just me, it is not a one man band, it is not a one man band.

‘I think we are ahead, I am reasonably confident, but I am going to take absolutely nothing for granted and we will be out knocking on doors until 10 o’clock in the evening.

‘I’ve given it my all. I really have given it my all. I have tried as hard as I possibly could. Do you know what? If we do not succeed, at least I will say to myself I tried my absolute hardest. And you cannot in life do any better than that.’ 

Tomorrow's contest is the seventh time Mr Farage has stood for Parliament. Asked if it would be his last if he is unsuccessful, Mr Farage said: ‘I would have thought so, wouldn’t you?'

Tomorrow's contest is the seventh time Mr Farage has stood for Parliament. Asked if it would be his last if he is unsuccessful, Mr Farage said: ‘I would have thought so, wouldn’t you?'

Mr Farage said that he would stand by his promise to step down as party leader if he loses. He said: ‘I am the leader of the party, I have got to get elected, because if I don’t I will get the chop'

Mr Farage said that he would stand by his promise to step down as party leader if he loses. He said: ‘I am the leader of the party, I have got to get elected, because if I don’t I will get the chop'

He added: ‘The balls are up in the air, none of us know what is going to happen, the arithmetic is going to be tight.’

The most recent opinion poll last week put Mr Farage two points behind the Tories, who currently hold the seat.

Mr Farage said the ‘absolutely key’ to whether he wins will be if previous non-voters who have pledged support for him actually go to the polling stations.

The Ukip leader said he his four goals for the party were to be third in the overall vote share, ‘get a good number’ of MPs, win hundreds of council seats and come second in enough seats to mount a strong challenge at the 2020 election.

He added: ‘We’re going to wake up on Friday morning with a lot of people having voted for us.’

In his final appeal to voters he added: ‘If you want change vote for Ukip. If we get Ukip voices in the House of Commons we will represent the majority view on many issues.

‘And every vote for Ukip is a vote for changing British politics, and goodness me it needs it.’

David Cameron - pictured during a campaign visit to a home building scheme  in Lancaster today - is desperate to stop Ukip's Nigel Farage getting into Parliament

David Cameron - pictured during a campaign visit to a home building scheme in Lancaster today - is desperate to stop Ukip's Nigel Farage getting into Parliament

Ed Miliband went campaigning with his wife Justine in Pudsey, West Yorkshire, on the last day of campaigning today

Ed Miliband went campaigning with his wife Justine in Pudsey, West Yorkshire, on the last day of campaigning today

Liberal Democrat Party leader Nick Clegg samples a dram of whisky during a visit to Tomatin Distillery in Inverness today

Liberal Democrat Party leader Nick Clegg samples a dram of whisky during a visit to Tomatin Distillery in Inverness today

Asked how he will spend his time if he fails to become an MP, Mr Farage said: I’d go fishing and I might even get more time to go down the pub. There are all sorts of things I could do.’

He insisted the party would not be ‘finished’ without him, but refused to name a potential successor.

Mr Farage has previously said that he believes his successor would have to be an MP, but yesterday he said: ‘You would have thought conventionally that the leader of Ukip would have to be somebody in the House of Commons, and yet Nicola Sturgeon in this campaign has just disproved all of that so I do not know.’

‘I did say quite some time ago that I did think were more likely to have a female leader than the other parties, but let’s see.’

As he canvassed in Ramsgate town centre, Mr Farage was approached by a man handing out leaflets accusing him of being homophobic, sexist and racist.

Mr Farage took a leaflet and said: ‘What have I done now? Oh I’m discriminatory, sexist, racist.

‘I was a banker? Was I? You have not even got your facts right mate.’

The man criticised the party for having a candidate who has worked as a porn star.

Mr Farage responded: ‘What’s he done wrong? Are you a Cromwellian puritan?

‘He’s done nothing illegal. And we are the party that believes live and let live. Be happy everybody.’ 

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