Alan Bown, a major UKIP donor said, "I have given nearly £2 million to UKIP and first got involved because of Nigel. Nigel speaks for ordinary people which is why 4 million people voted for us last week.
"He has had the guts to talk openly about immigration and it's only because of Nigel that now everyone is talking about this subject. It's the first time for a 100 years that a smaller party has broken through to get 3.8 million votes to become the third largest party and this is due to Nigel's leadership. He has my full support."