Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage tonight spoke about his “miraculous escape” from a light plane crash after an election stunt went dramatically wrong.
The MEP, who is standing in the General Election for Buckingham, was pulled bloodied and dazed from the crushed cockpit of the plane which was towing a banner bearing the slogan “Vote for your country – Vote Ukip”.
In a statement released by his spokesman Duncan Barkes, Mr Farage said of the crash, which also injured pilot Justin Adams: “We’ve both had a miraculous escape. We are both very lucky to be alive.”
Mr Farage is being treated at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford where a hospital spokeswoman said he was likely to remain “for a few days”.
Mr Barkes added: “He is not going anywhere today. There is no way he will be at the count tomorrow.
“He’s got two broken ribs, a small chip to his spine and damage to his sternum.”
Mr Farage’s wife Kirsten was at his bedside earlier today but has since returned to their home in Westerham, Kent, to care for the couple’s two children.