Nigel Farage is currently running for the South Thanet seat in Kent in the UK's upcoming 2015 elections and has been noted for some of his more controversial views. Speaking on immigration, Farage has stated that he believed the UK needs to strengthen its immigration laws to provide for better quality control regarding who is, and is not, allowed into the United Kingdom. Farage has stated that Britain needs to have more control over "the quantity and the quality of those people who come to work and or to live in." The UK and this would include eliminating those with a criminal record or with certain serious diseases such as HIV/AIDS which Farage says he feels puts a strain on the UK's National Health System (NHS) that would be too great for the nation to handle.
While Nigel Farage has come under fire by many critics for this immigration policy he has pointed out that this is the standard policy for many countries around the world, in fact, at least 60 other nations also have similar bans to the one that Farage is suggesting, including Russia. Farage has told opponents that his concerns are about the strain such immigrants place on the nation's health care system. "We can not afford to take people who have serious illnesses or life threatening diseases," says Nigel Farage. The UKIP leader goes on to emphasize that "the NHS is for British families."
Other controversial views that Nigel Farage has been noted for is his heavy criticism of the EU (European Union) and of the Euro. The EU's single currency and most notably for his opposition to renewable energy which has been consistently in demand by the nation's constituency. Farage has claimed that climate change and the resulting environmental concerns have been due to what he terms as a "green obsession" which has made Nigel Farage very unpopular with environmentalist and renewable energy advocates in the UK.
Nigel Farage served in the UK's Conservative Party for a number of years until leaving in 1992 to help form the UKIP (United Kingdom Independence Party) after the signing of the Maastricht Treaty which formed the European Union and eventually established the Euro as the currency for its members, something that Farage has been very critical of. The UKIP party holds many views similar to a lot of those held by the Tea Party in the US including a push for smaller government and reducing welfare benefits. The UKIP and Nigel Farage, believes that the UK should not be a part of the UN and wants to strengthen the powers of local government over big, national government.
Nigel Farage became leader of the UKIP party in 2010 after Lord Pearson of Rannoch resigned from the post. In the 2015 election, Nigel Farage is believed to be serious competition for the seat and could see a victory there.