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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 selected to stand for Parliament

UKIP leader Nigel Farage also moved a step closer to Parliament tonight, when he was formally chosen as the party's candidate for South Thanet at the general election.

Staking his position in the party on the line, he told supporters, UKIP would win seats next year or he will have failed as leader, and would quit.

ITV News Political Correspondent Carl Dinnen Reports:

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