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Farage vows 'not to meddle' with next Ukip leader

'My job is not to meddle' Credit: PA

Nigel Farage has vowed he will not "meddle" or attempt to influence the next leader of Ukip, but remains committed to the party's ideals.

"I wish them the very best of luck and my job is not to meddle," he told delegates at the party conference in Bournemouth, ahead of the results of his party's leadership election.

"My job is not to try and influence, but my job will be if that leader wants any help and advice then, make no mistake about it, I am still four-square behind this party and its aims," Mr Farage said.

The frequently outspoken Ukip leader said he would remain engaged in political life, and suggested he might "go back to America" for a speaking engagement, a reference to an appearance he made at a rally for US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump last month.

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Farage urges Ukip to hold government to 'hard Brexit'

Some government ministers are "still fighting the referendum", despite the British people's vote in favour of Brexit, Nigel Farage has said.

Speaking at his party's annual conference in Bournemouth, the prime minister was rowing back on her post-referendum commitments and urged party members to ensure the government delivered a "hard Brexit".

"We can be very proud of the fact that we won the war," he said, in a reference to the referendum result. "But we now must win the peace and the only mechanism to put pressure on the government ... is for Ukip to be healthy and for Ukip to be strong."

Farage's comments serve as a rallying cry toUkip ahead of its leadership election, which has seen the party riven by internal divisions.

Farage: PM must not 'backslide' on immigration promise

Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage has insisted that Prime Minister Theresa May should not be allowed to "backslide" on a points-based system for immigration.

May has said that the points systems used in other countries "simply don't work" and added that there was no single way to deal with immigration.

Speaking to ITV News, Farage said it was worrying that May seemed to be going back on the key Brexit promise to introduce the system, which he claims will be one of the best ways to control who comes into the UK.

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