Nigel Farage will decide whether to stand for Ukip in general election ‘over the next couple of days’
PUBLISHED: 08:18 19 April 2017 | UPDATED: 08:18 19 April 2017
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Party leader Paul Nuttall said he expected his colleague, who lost in South Thanet in 2015, to stand again
Nigel Farage is expected to stand for Ukip once again in June’s planned general election, according to party leader Paul Nuttall.
The south east MEP has hinted multiple times in recent weeks he would want to contest the South Thanet seat he lost to Craig Mackinlay in 2015.
Ukip was confident of a by-election being triggered following an expenses scandal in which the Conservative Party is said to have “understated” spending during campaigning for the Kent seat two years ago, and even began opening nominations for candidates.
However, that talk has now been overshadowed by Theresa May’s announcement on Tuesday to call a snap general election, in which all seats are set to be contested on June 8.
Mr Nuttall told Kent News on a visit to Margate last week Mr Farage would have his “110 per cent support” if he was to stand again, though speaking this week, the Ukip leader did not disclose where he expected Mr Farage to seek election for an eighth time.
When the matter was raised on his LBC radio show last night, Mr Farage said he would decide “over the next couple of days” whether to stand in the polls.
Mr Mackinlay told us yesterday he would defend his seat in seven weeks’ time, and brushed off any suggestion the spending row, or the possible threat of Mr Farage standing again, would stop him gaining a majority once again.