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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.

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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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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. 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".

"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".

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