Hundreds apply for Mrs Farage's job

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Nigel Farage claimed that only his wife was capable of being his assistant Nigel Farage claimed that only his wife was capable of being his assistant

Hundreds of British workers have come forward to challenge Nigel Farage's claim that only his German wife is capable of doing the job of being his assistant, an employment agency has said.

The Ukip leader was forced to defend the decision to employ his non-UK spouse at the same time as launching a poster campaign warning that unemployed Europeans were "after" people's jobs in this country.

He told the BBC that "nobody else could do that job", earning " a very modest salary for working extremely unsociable hours for me and being available up to seven days a week".

But a fake advert for a similar role placed by the agency on its website attracted 764 applications in just 12 hours - 649 of them from UK nationals.

Headed " PA Wanted For Top European Politician", it stipulated that applicants "m ust be able to work long and some unsociable hours up to seven days a week" and described the pay as "modest".

It identified the employer as Ukip, which it described as "a Eurosceptic right-wing populist political party in the United Kingdom".

Rhys Maddock, director of Xpat Jobs, said: "With our knowledge of the UK and European employment market, we just knew that what Farage was saying was not true.

"There are lots of highly-qualified PAs looking for work and many would jump at the chance to work for a politician such as Farage, perhaps seeing it as a stepping stone to a similar role with MPs or ministers.

"They would definitely be willing to put the long hours in, although they may want to change the sleeping arrangements that go with the current post."

Some applications also came in from Poles, Romanians and Germans interested in the role.

The firm said it would pass on the best 25 CVs to Mr Farage.

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11:38am Wed 23 Apr 14

welshmen says...

The Media are out for the Blood of an English man, running scared, fed up of sitting on the fence they decide to take the Hint off SKY Mr Murdock's company, the one who told porkies, replied to Mili Dowler's emails when she was murdered, and others, just report the truth not the spin....
The Media are out for the Blood of an English man, running scared, fed up of sitting on the fence they decide to take the Hint off SKY Mr Murdock's company, the one who told porkies, replied to Mili Dowler's emails when she was murdered, and others, just report the truth not the spin.... welshmen
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8:12pm Wed 23 Apr 14

John Durham says...

'Report the truth not the spin' - a lesson there for UKIP too I think.
'Report the truth not the spin' - a lesson there for UKIP too I think. John Durham
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8:00am Thu 24 Apr 14

cosmick says...

Thank you media, every time you do storys like this our membership numbers rise.
Thank you media, every time you do storys like this our membership numbers rise. cosmick
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10:41am Thu 24 Apr 14

pauls55 says...

Yet another hypocrite politician who was also recently exposed as having his snout in the expenses trough. I agree with Billy Connelly who said - Don't vote, it only encourages them.
Yet another hypocrite politician who was also recently exposed as having his snout in the expenses trough. I agree with Billy Connelly who said - Don't vote, it only encourages them. pauls55
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