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Farage announces he will not stand in Newark by-election

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has said he will not be standing in the Newark by-election, sparked by disgraced former Tory minister Patrick Mercer's decision to quit over a cash-for-questions scandal.

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Farage admits 'reservations' about fighting Newark seat

Nigel Farage has said his lack of connections with the local area may mean he chooses not to run in Newark.

A by-election in the constituency was triggered after the resignation of Tory MP Patrick Mercer over a cash-for-questions scandal.

The Ukip leader told the BBC:

I know that winning one seat in Westminster would completely transform the landscape for us as a party in terms of our prospects.

What I've got to work out is, is it the right seat for me. And I reservation in my mind is I haven't particularly got connections with the local area.

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