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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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Nigel Farage ponders Newark by-election bid

Nigel Farage has told ITV News he is "going to think very hard" about whether to stand as Ukip's candidate in the Newark by-election triggered by Patrick Mercer's resignation as an MP.

When asked whether he would run in the poll, Farage said: "I'm going to think about it. We're very keen to get our first MP in Westminster because once that happens, the damn will burst."

The by-election is expected to take place in the summer, soon after next month's European elections.

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