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Thanet constituency contest "good for tourism"

Business leaders say the contest for the south Thanet constituency will encourage tourism. UKIP leader Nigel Farage will be trying to win his party's first parliamentary seat there in the next general election. And that's expectedto bring the media spotlight on the region.

ITV Meridian spoke to David Foley from East Kent Chamber of Commerce.

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Farage says he is not complacent after hustings win

Nigel Farage told Good Morning Britain there is "not one ounce of complacency from me" after he was selected to stand in the South Thanet seat for Ukip at next year's general election.

"I'm not pretending for one moment that it's going to be easy, but Ukip is offering something different and distinctive," Farage said.

Asked if he would stand down as leader if the party fails to win a single seat at the election, Farage reiterated his comments from last night.

"If we'd failed in the European elections I would have stood down, if we fail next year the party will pick someone better than me, but do you know what? That ain't going to happen," he said.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage wins the vote to fight the Thanet South seat in next year's General Election

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has tonight won the vote to fight the Thanet South seat in next year's General Election. Mr Farage who is a South East MEP beat three other candidates to the nomination in a hustings event in Ramsgate tonight. The constituency is likely to become one of the election's highest profile battlegrounds - as he bids to become the party's first MP. Derek Johnson spoke to him after the count.

Video: Nigel Farage gives his reaction to his Thanet South nomination by UKIP members in Kent

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has tonight won the vote to fight the Thanet South seat in next year's General Election. Mr Farage who is a South East MEP beat three other candidates to the nomination in a hustings event in Ramsgate tonight. The constituency is likely to become one of the election's highest profile battlegrounds - as he bids to become the party's first MP. Derek Johnson spoke to him after the count.

UKIP supporters in Thanet South choose Nigel Farage as their canidate for the next General Election

UKIP leader Nigel Farage was tonight selected by local party officials in Kent as their candidate to stand in the South Thanet seat in next year's general election.

Branch members formally chose Mr Farage ahead of three other shortlisted candidates as Ukip's prospective parliamentary candidate for the seat. Votes were cast after local officials questioned each of the four candidates in hustings at Odd Fellows Hall in Ramsgate.

Mr Farage will now seek to win the seat currently held by Conservative Laura Sandys, who won South Thanet with a majority of 7,617 in 2010. Ms Sandys announced she was standing down at the general election after one parliamentary term, citing "a wide range of family demands" as her reason.

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UKIP candidates battle it out for South Thanet seat

A hustings is due to be held today to select the UKIP candidate to fight for the South Thanet seat in next year's General Election.

Party leader Nigel Farage is currently the frontrunner.

He was the party's candidate for the seat in 2005, when he came fourth behind the Lib Dems.

Other candidates include Peter Bucklitsch, Elizabeth Jones and Piers Wauchope.

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Hustings to select the next UKIP South Thanet candidate due to be held Credit: ITV Meridian
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Farage 'no shoo-in' as he aims for South Thanet seat

Ukip leader Nigel Farage confirmed he has thrown his "hat in the ring" to stand for the South Thanet seat at next year's General Election, but insisted, "I'm no shoo-in".

Ukip leader Nigel Farage has confirmed he wants to stand for the South Thanet seat at next year's General Election.
Ukip leader Nigel Farage has confirmed he wants to stand for the South Thanet seat at next year's General Election. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Farage, who previously hinted he would stand for election "somewhere near the sea," wrote in The Independent, "There will be hustings in the constituency the week after next at which the branch will decide who they wish to represent them".

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"It may seem silly to some that the leader of a party would have to go through the process of being approved and selected but, I assure you, rank means nothing in Ukip," he said, adding, "I think I stand a good chance of winning".

Fuel stolen underneath Nick Clegg's country home

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Chevening House, the Deputy Prime Minister's official country residence Credit: Johnny Green/PA Wire

Kent Police has launched an investigation after thieves siphoned fuel from a pipeline running under Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg's official country residence.

Police said initial indications were that it had been "a well organised crime". A gang drilled their way into the pipeline, which passes through Chevening House estate, shared by the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary.

The fuel was funnelled along a 1,600 foot pipe to an area just outside the 3,500 acre estate near Sevenoaks, Kent, and pumped into huge plastic containers aboard lorries.

About 30,000 litres of fuel a day was stolen over seven months, with a value of £8.3 million at pumps.

The theft was discovered on Wednesday after new security measures were introduced on Esso's South East Pipeline. The line, 120 miles long, carries fuel from Fawley Refinery in Hampshire to Purfleet Fuel Terminal and Gatwick.

A Kent Police spokesman said: 'Kent Police was notified of some tampering to a fuel pipeline in the Sevenoaks area on August 6. Initial indications are that this was a well organised crime, employing highly specialist techniques to siphon fuel from pipelines which operate at very high pressure.'

An Esso spokesman said: 'We recently strengthened our pipeline security and monitoring procedures, and on Wednesday detected criminal damage at Chevening on the South East Pipeline, which transports fuel from the Fawley Refinery, Hampshire to Purfleet Fuel Terminal and Gatwick Airport.<

'The section of pipeline was temporarily shut down to make repairs, which have now been completed. There has been no impact on supplies to customers.

'We strongly condemn the highly dangerous criminal action by those involved and are working closely with the police in their criminal investigations.'

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