Nigel Farage: Brexit Party Aug 27, 2014 21:33:28 GMT
Post by Admin on Aug 27, 2014 21:33:28 GMT
Nigel Farage has been chosen by UKIP members to fight the South Thanet seat in Kent at the 2015 general election. Speaking before the hustings where he was selected, the party leader also suggested he would stand down if UKIP failed to win any seats in Westminster. Mr Farage beat three other candidates in the hustings vote held in Ramsgate.
Mr Farage contested Thanet South, as the seat was then known, at the 2005 general election but came fourth with just 5% of the vote. After being selected this time, he told the BBC he was pleased he "managed to scrape through", adding that addressing fellow UKIP members made him "nervous" as they are a "bloody-minded lot". He said: "I'm going to have to fight very, very hard and build up a big voluntary team to make this work, but I believe I can do it." Prior to the hustings, Mr Farage had insisted he was the man to campaign for the South Thanet seat, given he has served as an MEP for the area and has "good personal relationships" with its county councillors.
The seat is currently held by Conservative Laura Sandys, who is standing down at the next election.
She had a majority of 7,617 in 2010. Mr Farage beat family lawyer Elizabeth Jones, barrister Piers Wauchope and Peter Bucklitsch, a fellow of the Institute of Financial Accountants. Many had viewed Mr Farage's selection as a formality, but ahead of hustings he insisted he was 'no shoo-in' and said that 'rank means nothing' in UKIP.
UKIP strategists believe they can win up to five seats in the general election next year, it was reported by the Telegraph today. The seats UKIP are allegedly targeting are: South Thanet, Boston and Skegness, North Thanet, Sittingborne and Sheppey, Forest of Dean, Aylebury, Great Yarmouth, East Worthing, Thurrock, Grimsby, Eastleigh and Portsmouth. Three of the seats are held by Tory ministers. Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, is Mark Harper, the welfare minister's seat, while Great Yarmouth is held by Brandon Lewis, the planning minister.