Leader of the UK Independence Party until 2009, Nigel Farage is a Member of the European Parliament for South East England and one of Britain's best known Eurosceptics. First elected to the EU Parliament in 1999, then re-elected in 2004 and 2009, where UKIP beat Labour and the Liberal Democrats into second place, he is a vocal advocate of British withdrawal from the European Union and limited government within the UK. He announced in September his intention to fight for a seat in the UK parliament at the next general election over the issue of MP expenses, challenging the newly-elected Conservative speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, in his Buckinghamshire seat. Here he speaks about the growth of the state in recent years and the most effective means of rolling back government intervention at a European and national level.
Recorded at the Manor Road Building, University of Oxford, on 16th October 2009
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