The charismatic politician, whose shock resignation yesterday had Westminster reeling, has told friends of his growing concern about a series of death threats made towards him and members of his family by Left-wing thugs.

He is also understood to be worried about the intense pressure that leading the anti-Brussels party has put on his marriage and his family.

Friends say he is now considering a number of possible ventures as his decision to sacrifice his high-earning business career for politics had left him financially stretched.

One colleague said: “He has been thinking for some time about other things he could do.”

In a speech announcing his shock decision yesterday, Mr  said: “During the referendum campaign, I said I want my country back. What I’m saying today is I want my life back, and it begins right now!”

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