Nigel Farage to launch eighth bid to become an MP at next general election

Posted On: 
13th May 2019

Nigel Farage has confirmed that he will mount an eighth attempt to become an MP in a bid to ensure Britain leaves the European Union.

Nigel Farage while on the European Election campaign trail in Durham
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The former Ukip leader's new Brexit Party is on course beat both Labour and the Conservatives at the EU elections next week, amid a growing backlash from Leave voters over the ongoing parliamentary deadlock.

Mr Farage also confirmed that he would be willing to prop up a minority Tory government at Westminster if it meant that a no-deal Brexit would be delivered.

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The MEP has failed to be elected to the Commons on seven different occasions since the 1990s.

When asked during a Q&A with LBC radio whether he would stand in the event of a snap general election too, Mr Farage said: “I’m going to have to, of course. It’s a duty, it’s a duty, it’s a duty.

“We cannot ever allow again a great democratic exercise like this to be railroaded aside by career politicians of the Labour and Tory parties.”

On whether he would back a eurosceptic Tory PM in the event of a hung Parliament, he said: "If we can save £39bn, come out of the customs union, come out of the single market, come out of the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice and be a genuinely independent, self-governing democracy that can choose its own future, I’d do a deal with the devil to get that.”

A European election poll by YouGov for The Times on Monday put the Brexit Party on 34%, with Labour on 16%, the Lib Dems on 15%, the Greens on 11% and the Tories in fifth place on just 10%.

The pollsters' Westminster election poll put the Tories and Labour on 24% each, with the Brexit Party on 18%, the Lib Dems on 16% and the Greens on 7%.