1. ITV Report

Brexit Party supporters head to Clacton to welcome Nigel Farage

The leader of the newly formed Brexit Party, Nigel Farage, has been in Clacton, Essex to kick off his party's campaign for the European elections.

A number of people turned out to support Mr Farage in the seaside town, which is a known Brexit stronghold.

Mr Farage previously visited Clacton to support Ukip's first MP Douglas Carswell who defected from the Conservative Party in 2014. His decision forced a by-election which he won as a Ukip candidate.

Mr Carswell quit Ukip in 2017 and didn't stand in the following general election.

Brexit Party supporters. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"This is about more than Brexit, this is about democracy, we voted for something, they promised us they would in enact it, we voted again in a general election and they promised they'd enact it and I'm back in Clacton three years after I was campaigning here for the referendum and they still haven't delivered it."

– Nigel Farage, Leader of Brexit Party
Nigel Farage in Clacton. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Brexit Party leader claims Clacton's the most Eurosceptic town in the country.

His visit comes as former Tory Shadow Home Secretary Ann Widdecombe announced she is coming back into politics to stand in the European elections for the Brexit Party.

Nigel Farage on walk about in Clacton. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"I hope he has a successful day, as ironically if he does it will put a fire-cracker up the backsides of our negotiators and the EU negotiators to deliver this withdrawal agreement and finally get Brexit delivered in an orderly manner, because businesses are screaming out for some certainty."

– Giles Watling MP, Clacton, Con
Ukip has already launched its EU election campaign. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Last week Ukip launched its campaign for the European elections saying it is the 'authentic party of Brexit'.

"If you voted Ukip you are sending a clear message to Westminster politicians that you still want to leave and you want Brexit implemented, you want the decision adhered to, so that's a very good reason for voting for Ukip in the EU elections."

– Gerard Batten, Leader of Ukip

The main parties will all be fielding candidates in the European Elections which may be held on Thursday 23rd May if the UK hasn't left the European Union by then.