Nigel Farage's quiet life in charming village where homes average £570k as Reform UK leader stands for MP in Clacton

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Nigel Farage has announced his return to the political fray, confirming he will stand for Reform UK in Clacton, Essex, during the forthcoming General Election and take on the role of party leader. In a dramatic U-turn at a press conference, Mr Farage stated: "Difficult though it is, I can't let down those millions of people, I simply can't do it, it'd be wrong.

"So I have decided I've changed my mind, it's allowed you know, it's not always a sign of weakness, it could potentially be a sign of strength. So I am going to stand in this election." The 60 year old, who also graced our screens on I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! last year and secured third place, enjoys a peaceful life in Downe, a quaint village near the Bromley border.

He since announced that he will be standing to be elected as MP of Clacton, alongside other candidates standing for election in Clacton: Matthew Bensilum (Lib Dem), Natash Osben (Green Party), Jovan Owusu-Nepaul (Labour), and Giles Watling (Conservative). In Braintree, the alternative candidates to Mr Cleverly (Conservative) are Kieron Franks (Lib Dem), David Heather (Independent), Richard Thomson (Reform UK), Paul Thorogood (Green Party) and Matthew Wright (Labour).

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Farage visited Clacton on June 4 as part of his campaign launch. Among the positive shouts of 'we love you Nigel' were also protesters, with Nigel left having to shake off milkshake for a second time when a woman launched the contents of a cup towards the new Reform UK Party leader. Essex Police confirmed that a 25-year-old woman had been arrested on suspicion of assault after the milkshake was thrown at the Reform UK leader.

If elected to represent Clacton, Mr Farage said he would be a "bloody nuisance" in Westminster. This summer's General Election will be his eighth attempt at being elected to the House of Commons.

Farage was born on April 3, 1964, in Farnborough, which is technically part of London but historically fell under Kent. He was educated at grammar schools in West Wickham and Eden Park in Bromley before moving on to Dulwich College, a school renowned for its distinguished alumni such as P, reports Kent Live.

Nigel has always remained true to his roots, opting to live in Downe, located within the London Borough of Bromley. He is said to reside in a family home in this quaint village, which is tucked away amidst the countryside and provides a tranquil escape from the busy town centre.

This scenic area, just a stone's throw from Orpington, is renowned as the home of Charles Darwin, often dubbed the 'godfather of evolution'. The main attraction of the village is Down House, the former abode of Darwin. Now an English Heritage site open to the public, it's a great starting or ending point for a green adventure.

Visitors can explore Darwin's greenhouse where he carried out experiments, 'The Sandwalk' where he took thoughtful walks, and the study where he recorded his discoveries.

Just a stone's throw away from Down House, you'll find the village high street, graced by the Grade II* listed St Mary's Church, a relic from the 13th century. The area also boasts two traditional country pubs, an Indian restaurant and a village hall, all contributing to an idyllic day out.

On the eastern side of the village lies Downe Bank Nature Reserve, crisscrossed by several footpaths for nature lovers. Given its close proximity to central London and its rich history, it's no surprise that properties in Downe fetched an overall average price of £565,833 over the last year, as per Rightmove data.

In the past year, semi-detached properties made up the majority of sales in Downe, selling at an average price of £681,250. Terraced properties, on the other hand, sold for an average of £335,000.

However, it's worth noting that overall, sold prices in Downe over the last year were 50% down on the previous year and 27% down on the 2015 peak of £776,675.