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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 wants to be 'worst nightmare' of Parliament

Nigel Farage speaks to Ukip party members in South Thanet. Credit: ITV News

After accepting the Ukip local party officials nomination as candidate to stand in the South Thanet seat in next year's general election, Nigel Farage told the audience:

We can't for one moment afford to be complacent because we swept the board in 2013 and we swept the board here in 2014.

We did and that was magnificent. But don't think that the heavy artillery from the Conservative and Labour parties will not be fired on this constituency.

They will, they will, they will try very, very hard. They don't want Ukip breaking through into Parliament and they most certainly do not want me breaking through into Parliament.

Somebody said I'm David Cameron's worst nightmare. Well, that's not good enough. I want to be Ed Miliband's worst nightmare, too."

– Nigel Farage

Following his speech, Mr Farage smiled broadly as he walked past branch members to applause and chants of "Nigel, Nigel, Nigel".

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