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: 'I don't want to distract from Euro elections'

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has said he will not be standing in the Newark by-election because he does not want to "distract" from the party's European election campaign.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has announced he will not be standing in the Newark by-election. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

He told the BBC: "I don't want to do anything that deflects from the European election campaign, so I am not going to stand in this by-election.

"I want to focus the next three weeks on winning the European elections."

Mr Farage added he was predicting UKIP would cause an "earthquake in British politics".

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