Ukip's Nigel Farage to contest South Thanet seat in election

Ukip leader Nigel Farage was tonight selected by local party officials 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 Kent seat.

Mr Farage ended months of speculation earlier this month by saying he had "thrown my hat in the ring" and will vie to be the Kent seat's prospective MP at the 2015 contest.

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Nigel Farage 'looking forward' to South Thanet hustings

Nigel Farage has tweeted that he is "looking forward" to tonight's hustings in South Thanet, where he hopes to be selected as a UK Independence Party candidate for next year's General Election.

Earlier this month, Mr Farage confirmed he had 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".

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