In the run up to the UK’s 2015 General Election, the UK Independence Party began to redefine British politics. They took followers from the traditional left wing and the more established right wing and spread fear through all political parties. So much so that they forced the Labour Party and the Conservative party to address, for the first time, Europe, immigration and its impact on the British working people.
I followed Nigel Farage, the leader of the party, around the UK as he made his bid to become the local MP in South Thanet and lead his far right party into Westminster. As we travelled about the country Farage spoke at over twenty public meetings, in tiny village halls, local schools and once grand buildings, places where you are served with cups of tea and digestive biscuits; a latte would be unheard of. As he spoke he capitalized on the fears of these, mostly older, white, working class people, on the effects of immigration, diminishing industry and government austerity. In soaring rhetoric he connected with communities who feel left behind by a more cosmopolitan UK, and that finally here was a voice that represented them and their needs, a born leader. But Farage's campaign ended in disaster when he failed to be elected and rapidly lost credibility. These photographs document the isolation and peculiar sadness around the bold bid for power that ultimately bought about the fall of Nigel Farage.