Nigel Farage will not stand as election candidate as he dodges another humiliating defeat

Ex-Ukip leader Nigel Farage has unsuccessfully stood for Parliament seven times. He says he will not be a candidate at the General Election as it’s ‘not the right time’

By John Stevens

Nigel Farage has announced he will not stand as a candidate at the General Election for Reform UK.

The former Ukip leader has unsuccessfully stood for Parliament seven times. He had been threatening to make a political comeback. But in an announcement this morning, he said it was “not the right time” for him to run again, but he said he will “do my bit to help” the party in the campaign.

Writing on X, he said: “I have thought long and hard as to whether I should stand in the upcoming general election. As honorary president of Reform UK, I am fully supportive of Richard Tice’s leadership and urge voters to put their trust in him and Lee Anderson. I will do my bit to help in the campaign, but it is not the right time for me to go any further than that.

“Important though the general election is, the contest in the United States of America on November 5 has huge global significance. A strong America as a close ally is vital for our peace and security. I intend to help with the grassroots campaign in the USA in any way that I can. The choice between Labour and the Conservatives is uninspiring, and only Reform have the radical agenda that is needed to end decline in this country.”

The 60-year-old, who has found a new career as a GB News, had his first unsuccessful attempt to become an MP at the Eastleigh by-election in 1994. His last bid to become an MP ended in failure in 2015 when he lost by 2,812 votes in South Thanet.

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