• UKIP MEP Nigel Farage
has been released from hospital and is back home recovering from his injuries sustained in Thursday's plane crash.
Speaking on Saturday, Mr Farage said: "It's great to be going home, though I feel quite sore.
"The staff at John Radcliffe Hospital here in Oxford have been fantastic and I'd like to thank them for all the efforts in making sure I received the best care possible.
"I'd also like to thank the thousands of wellwishers who have sent messages to me and although I can't respond to everyone personally, I want you all to know that I appreciate your concern."
Nigel Farage secured 17.4% of the vote in Buckinghamshire last Thursday, the
UK Independence Party's highest in a general election. UKIP increased its 2005 share of the vote by close to 1 percentage point, garnering nearly 1 million votes in the constituencies it contested and again establishing itself as the UK's fourth largest party (second placed in the 2009 European elections). UKIP's results can be viewed here
Nigel Farage leaves hospital after crash - Sky News [08 MAY 2010 - VIDEO 1]