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UKIP leader Nigel Farage will not stand in by-election

By citizenmike  |  Posted: April 30, 2014

UKIP leader Nigel Farage

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UKIP leader Nigel Farage has said he will not stand in the upcoming Newark by-election.

The by-election has been caused by the resignation of former Tory MP Patrick Mercer from parliament over a cash-for-questions scandal.

Speculation that Mr Farage would stand as a candidate, even though he has no local connection, was rife earlier this morning.

But Mr Farage said he wanted to focus on the European Parliament elections.

He told the BBC earlier that a defeat in the by-election would mean he was finished and that "the bubble is burst".

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  • RoadWombat  |  May 01 2014, 2:24PM

    I'd be more than happy if he didn't attend ANY of the meetings of that sham parliament other than to have an occasional pop at Rumpy and Barrosso and bring them back down to earth. And even happier if he screwed as much money as is humanly possible out of them and returned it to the UK where it rightfully belongs.

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  • Free2opine  |  May 01 2014, 11:46AM

    poles!? ........what have they got to do with any of the previous comments!? Do you mean polls? ......and pray what do you mean by his FIRST European meeting. Nigel has attended just as many EU meetings as any of the other elected MEP's. He has also picked up just the same expenses as all the other MEP's.

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  • Douglasknows  |  May 01 2014, 11:20AM

    Oh dear, judging by the previous comments on here this man just might make a name for himself at the poles that will last right up to his first European meeting.

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  • Free2opine  |  May 01 2014, 10:21AM

    He has done exactly the right thing. There is enough to concentrate people's mind with the upcoming European elections. The other parties are running scared and will troll facebook/twitter and any other web locations to try and find even the smallest speck of dirt, to try and denigrate UKIP. Added to that, the EU have their own paid trolls, working across the media, trying to stop UKIP's popularity from growing any bigger. Well, let's face facts, people have had enough of the 3 main parties and their continual betrayal of this country, (added to the fact, that all they keep doing, is tinkering around with issues that affect us all).

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  • RoadWombat  |  April 30 2014, 7:39PM

    "If nothing else, Mr Farage has forced a debate on immigration. This previously, was strictly a no-go area for discussion due to the over-worked, usual cry of RACIST." Justica - you are spot on there. UKIP haven't been around as a party in the public focus for very long and yet, without having a single MP (so far?) they have been the catalyst for long-needed debate and change. I think a hitherto silent group of ordinary people, whether they vote for UKIP or not, have finally found that their concerns are being listened-to. And that's come as rather a shock to the complacent PC and multiculti brigade who have had an easy ride thus far.

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  • MrGarnet  |  April 30 2014, 7:18PM

    He is doing what a good leader does.Chosing his battles.He has no links with the area and the time is not right with Euros and Council elections coming up. The real story is will a suitable candidate like the one we have who knows the area stand and will the people elect him/her or follow the sheeple path as in the past.

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  • Justica  |  April 30 2014, 1:38PM

    If nothing else, Mr Farage has forced a debate on immigration. This previously, was strictly a no-go area for discussion due to the over-worked, usual cry of RACIST. Now, because the vast majority of British-born people are sick to the back teeth of the injustice to our own people, the other parties realise they can't ignore the issue. The truth about racism - we have muslims in Sheffield complaining about east European gypsies into THEIR area and second generation Jamaican's demanding we curb immigration because it will affact their childrens' jobs.

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  • honslknjklyt  |  April 30 2014, 12:34PM

    The other parties are feeling very threatened by him so they are trying to make out he is racist and unable, yet the reality is he is able and is realistically taking his time rather than doing it all at once. Good luck to him, he and his party have my vote.

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  • RoadWombat  |  April 30 2014, 11:34AM

    I think Mr Farage has more than enough on his plate at the moment leading the party into the Euro elections. Besides which, for UKIP to win the seat there would mean a massive swing away from the large Tory majority in that constituency. I hope UKIP do well in the Euros. The whole EU political thing is a farce and the more "antis" there are in their so-called parliament the better, to get the message across that they're a bunch of interfering busybodies who are ruining Europe and simply aren't wanted.

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  • uk_socrates  |  April 30 2014, 10:33AM

    Let's concentrate on the European elections first! Personally I hope UKIP does well tho.

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