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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".

'Computer illiteracy' makes Ukip voters 'feel isolated'

Many Ukip supporters come from sections of society with high rates of computer illiteracy, shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna has claimed.

Ukip support has flourished among sections of society with high rates of computer illiteracy.
Ukip support has flourished among sections of society with high rates of computer illiteracy. Credit: PA

The Labour frontbencher said "a lot of those" who voted for Nigel Farage's party are unable to perform basic tasks online.

He told BBC1's Andrew Marr Show that Labour would "empower people".

He said: "The BBC has carried out some very interesting research on this. One in five people in our economy cannot do the four basics online of sending and receiving an email, browsing the internet, filling in an online form.

"Now there's been a lot of talk about communities who've been disconnected from our global economy and those of course were a lot of those who were voting for Ukip in the local and European elections.

"And of that mass of people who can't do the things that all of us take for granted, a very large number of them are from those communities.

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Electoral Commission 'considering Farage case' carefully

The UK's Electoral Commission says it has still not decided whether or not to take action against Nigel Farage over his failure to declare free use of an office.

Ukip have insisted Mr Farage made a declaration about the use - which constitutes a donation under electoral rules - to the EU authorities in Brussels after being advised to do so.

"We have not yet made a decision about whether any further action will be taken against Mr Farage for reporting the donations late," a spokesman said.

"We are continuing to review all of the necessary information supplied to us by Mr Farage and are considering it carefully."

Farage could face punishment over undeclared office use

Nigel Farage could be facing punishment from the elections watchdog over £200,000 worth of undeclared donations spanning a decade.

The Ukip leader had told EU authorities in Brussels that he has been receiving free use of a British office, but he did not inform the UK's Electoral Commission.

Nigel Farage addressing activists after the European elections. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The British authorities were reportedly alerted to the issue by news reports in the run-up to the recent local and European elections.

A Ukip spokesman said Mr Farage had reported the use of the office to the Brussels authorities in line with "professional advice he had received at the time" and was "surprised" the Electoral Commission needed to be informed as well.

Ukip's surge will 'continue into the general election'

Most people who voted for UKIP in the European elections will vote for the party again in next year's general election, according to a new poll.

The ComRes poll published in the Daily Telegraph suggests 86% of UKIP's 4.3 million voters will continue to back the party in 2015.

Nigel Farage, leader of UKIP speaks during a press conference at the Intercontinental Hotel, Westminster Credit: PA

The survey found that 37% of Ukip voters said that they were “certain” to support the party at the general election. Another 49% said that they were “likely” to do so, while 14% said that they would probably back another party.

The poll was commissioned by Paul Sykes, Ukip’s biggest financial backer.

Read: ITV News poll: 72% of Ukip voters would vote the same in 2015

Labour will not try to 'out-Ukip Ukip' on immigration

Labour will take on Ukip's immigration policies the way President Obama took on the Tea Party, shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna has said, after Ukip's massive surge in the local and European elections.

Shadow cabinet member Chuka Umunna Credit: PA

Writing in the Guardian, Mr Umunna said: "Our politics has often not seemed equal to the challenge, and Ukip has become the lightning rod for people's fury.

"But Ukip has struggled to pick up support in more diverse communities, such as mine, because people recognise what it says is not so different to what was once said of people like my father arriving here from the Commonwealth in the 1960s and 1970s.

"We will not try to out-Ukip Ukip. Labour is not going to offer false solutions, such as leaving Europe...Labour will take on Ukip by calling them out on these issues and others every week between now and the general election".

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Poll: Tories still on course to win Newark by-election

David Cameron and Boris Johnson at Newark train station after campaigning on Thursday. Credit: PA

The Tories are still on track to win the Newark by-election despite a massive Ukip surge, according to a poll.

Research by Survation for The Sun put the Conservatives on 36% in the constituency, ahead of Nigel Farage's party on 28% and Labour on 27%.

But Tory backing is down by 18 percentage points since the 2010 general election, when disgraced former MP Patrick Mercer secured a 16,000 majority.

Meanwhile, Ukip support has soared by 24 percentage points and Labour has gone up by four.

The findings raise the prospect of a nailbiting last week of the campaign, with Mr Farage and his party trying to build on major gains in local and European elections to secure a Commons seat for first time.

Poll: 72% of Ukip voters would vote the same in 2015

Counting ballot papers in the European elections. Credit: PA Images

Less than three quarters of Ukip voters from the 2014 European Elections would vote the same way in a general election, an ITV News/ComRes poll has found.

The survey found that 72% of UKIP voters at the 2014 European Parliament election say they could see themselves voting UKIP in a general election.

ComRes interviewed 2,060 British adults online between 23rd and 26th May - this data was weighted to be representative of all GB adults aged 18 and over.

More: Newark by-election is Conservatives to lose, not Ukip's to win

Poll: Third of Conservative voters 'could vote Ukip'

Prime Minister David Cameron speaks to party activists during a rally in Ealing, west London. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

A third of Conservative voters polled could vote Ukip in a general election, our ITV News/ComRes poll also showed.

The findings revealed that 33% of 2010 Conservative voters could see themselves voting UKIP in a general election, compared with a quarter (25%) of 2010 Lib Dem voters, and 18% of 2010 Labour vote.

ComRes interviewed 2,060 British adults online between 23rd and 26th May - this data was weighted to be representative of all GB adults aged 18 and over.

More: Newark by-election is Tories to lose, not Ukip's to win

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