WHAT’S THAT GIRL DO­ING ON MY SOFA?

Farage wife’s fury af­ter find­ing him late one night with AN­OTHER foxy aide by his side

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - News - By Si­mon Wal­ters and Glen Owen

NIGEL FARAGE’s wife erupted with fury af­ter find­ing him on the fam­ily sofa with a fe­male press of­fi­cer late one night, it has been claimed.

Shortly af­ter the 2015 in­ci­dent, the woman in­volved, Alexan­dra Phillips, left her £80,000-a-year post as Mr Farage’s spokes­woman and moved to Wales. But she de­nies there was ever any phys­i­cal re­la­tion­ship.

The claim comes af­ter The Mail on Sun­day re­vealed last week how the for­mer Ukip leader has been liv­ing with an­other woman, Laure Fer­rari, in a £4mil­lion bach­e­lor pad in Chelsea, West Lon­don.

Mr Farage, 52, dis­missed any sug­ges­tion of an af­fair with Ms Fer­rari, 37, as ‘lu­di­crous’ and ‘crack­ers’.

But this news­pa­per has been told by a se­nior party source that Mr Farage has been vis­it­ing Ms Fer­rari at a house in South Lon­don for more than two years – and has been close to her for at least eight. Af­ter our re­port, Mr Farage’s wife Kirsten, 50, an­nounced that the cou­ple had been liv­ing sep­a­rately ‘for some years’.

To­day one of Ms Phillips’ friends claimed Kirsten had mis­un­der­stood her hus­band’s be­hav­iour, ex­plain­ing: ‘The in­ci­dent at Nigel’s house in Kent was very weird. Alex was there with Kirsten. Nigel was out, and came back in late.

‘While Alex waited for a lift home, Kirsten went up to bed, and Alex and Nigel sat down to watch TV. Alex thought ev­ery­thing was OK.’

But Kirsten came down later and was fu­ri­ous to find them still on the sofa to­gether. The source added: ‘The next day Nigel told Alex that Kirsten got the wrong end of the stick about some­thing go­ing on.’

Ten­sions between the women were not helped by an­other in­ci­dent dur­ing the 2015 Elec­tion cam­paign at the Dou­ble Tree ho­tel in Lin­coln.

Mr Farage al­legedly up­set ho­tel staff by an­grily de­mand­ing more al­co­hol when the bar had closed, and in­sist­ing on smok­ing in­side, af­ter he and Ms Phillips had been drink­ing with other Ukip aides.

One wit­ness said: ‘Nigel was mon­key­ing around with Alexan­dra. Ev­ery­one had been drink­ing. Nigel started shout­ing and swear­ing when the staff said the bar was closed. Kirsten sorted it all out as she al­ways did when Nigel was out of or­der.’

Mrs Farage was not pre­sent at the April 7 in­ci­dent, but is said to have HOME TRUTHS: Our rev­e­la­tions last week and, right, Mr Farage with Ms Phillips on the Ukip cam­paign trail ‘told Nigel off’ by phone and then smoothed things over with the ho­tel.

Ms Phillips, 33, said the move to Wales was un­con­nected to any in­ter­ven­tion by Mrs Farage. She said: ‘I be­came aware at the time of these base­less ru­mours be­ing spread about me by in­di­vid­u­als in the party in­volved in a power strug­gle.

‘It had been de­cided long be­fore this that I would move to Wales for the As­sem­bly elec­tion. I am in­cred­i­bly fond of Kirsten and very sorry to learn of their mar­i­tal sit­u­a­tion’. Ms Phillips put her­self for­ward as a Ukip can­di­date for the Welsh As­sem­bly, but with­drew be­fore polling day in May last year. She has since left Ukip to join the Con­ser­va­tives and has taken a new job in Africa.

Un­til now, most of the con­tro­versy about Mr Farage’s pri­vate life has cen­tred on Annabelle Fuller, an­other for­mer Ukip press of­fi­cer. A ri­val politi­cian once called her Farage’s ‘for­mer mistress’ in the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment, but both have de­nied any af­fair. Ms Fuller is now known as Trixy Sanderson and is an aide to Ukip MEP Mike Hookem.

Now the fo­cus has turned to Ms Fer­rari, who runs the In­sti­tute for Di­rect Democ­racy in Europe.

The body is at the cen­tre of an Elec­toral Com­mis­sion probe over £400,000 in do­na­tions which it, and an af­fil­i­ated po­lit­i­cal al­liance, fun­nelled to Ukip.

Mr Farage says he al­lowed Ms Fer­rari to stay in his bach­e­lor pad as a favour af­ter her or­gan­i­sa­tion’s fund­ing was stopped.

But this is not the first time he has helped with her ac­com­mo­da­tion, a Ukip source claims, say­ing that in 2015 Mr Farage helped ar­range for Miss Fer­rari to live in a house in Clapham on his route between Lon­don and his home in Kent.

Last night, a spokesman for Mr Farage said: ‘The al­le­ga­tions you make are all based on hearsay.’

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