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Nigel Farage: I will not stand in general election

Former Ukip leader announces he will not stand as a candidate on June 8.

Nigel Farage
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Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage has announced he will not stand as a candidate in the upcoming snap general election.

In an article for the Daily Telegraph, the pro-Brexit campaigner - who had tried and failed to be elected as an MP seven times - also admitted that he thought the Conservatives were on course for a landslide victory on June 8.

Instead of standing for an eight time, he said he believed his energies would be better spent in his role as an elected Member of the European Parliament while the Brexit negotiations take place.

"I have decided that I will not stand in this election but fight for Brexit in Europe," he wrote.

He said he had been "tempted" to stand in Clacton after the announcement by Ukip's solo MP, Douglas Carswell, revealed he would be standing down.

But, he added, while it would be a "personal vindication" to finally get into the House of Commons, there was "no comparison" with how much more he could as an MEP.

"The Brexit negotiations will take place in Brussels and the European Parliament will not only have a large impact on them, but ultimately will have the right of veto any deal at the end of the two-year process," he said.

"I believe I can use my profile in European politics to put real pressure on MEPs to vote for a sensible deal with the UK. Just weeks after we are due to leave, there will be the next set of European elections."

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