Nigel Farage 'could get peerage', UKIP hopefuls says

A seat in the House of Lords may be on the cards

Nigel Farage 'could get peerage', UKIP hopefuls says

British MEP Nigel Farage pictured in the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin in 2012 | Image:

Nigel Farage could reportedly be in line for a peerage if UKIP is offered seats in the House of Lords.

The three frontrunners to succeed him - Paul Nuttall, Raheem Kassam and Suzanne Evans - have said they will try to secure him a seat on the benches of the House of Lords if they win.

Mr Nuttall told The Sunday Times: "If UKIP are offered positions in the House of Lords, the first name on the list will be Nigel Farage."

Ms Evans told the paper: "If Nigel wants a seat in the House of Lords, I will campaign like stink for that."

Mr Farage announced his resignation as UKIP leader in July having achieved his career goal of securing the UK's exit from the European Union.

"During the referendum I said I wanted my country back ... Now I want my life back," he said following the result.

The 52-year-old is acting head of the party he's led for a decade, after stepping back in following the resignation of Diane James.

Steven Woolfe had previously thrown his hat into the ring, but this month dramatically ended his leadership campaign following an altercation with fellow MP Mike Hookem which left him unconscious. 

He resigned from the party, labelling it "ungovernable". He said UKIP lacked "direction" and "purpose", and announced that he would become an independent MEP in the European Parliament. 

Meanwhile, the north's first minister Arlene Foster has criticised the government for its stance on Brexit.

In her first conference speech as leader, Arlene Foster told the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) that the Irish position was being fuelled by political instability.

"While they seek to take the views of people of Northern Ireland on the issue of Brexit at home, their representatives are sent around the world to talk down our economy and to attempt to poach our investors," she said.