Nigel Farage: I will not fight for Chris Huhne’s seat

UKIP leader dismisses speculation to confirm he’s shying away from contesting the LibDem’s Eastleigh seat

Former Energy Secretary Chris Huhne’s guilty plea over a speeding incident and resignation as MP has unleashed a firestorm of speculation about the candidates who could vie for the LibDem’s seat in the ensuing by-election - including UKIP leader Nigel Farage.

The seat would be fiercely fought, with the Tories only 3,864 votes behind the Lib Dems in the 2010 elections. Labour got less than 10%. Although UKIP got just 3.6% of the vote in 2010, UKIP leader Nigel Farage told media that he was considering standing in the event of a by-election for the Eastleigh seat.

A UKIP spokesman told on Monday.

“He’s thinking about it. Nominations close next Monday and we’ll have our candidate in place next week.”

However, on Tuesday, the UKIP leader wrote in the Daily Telegraph that he was not going to fight for Chris Huhne’s seat after all, arguing that there were other UKIP candidates who were better placed to throw their hat into the ring.

“Ukip continues to grow, and as it does, so the calibre of its candidates improves. We already have a dozen excellent people who have put their names forward to stand as the UKIP candidate in Eastleigh,” he wrote.

“Whoever is chosen will have my full support, and the support of everyone in the party. We will fight this by-election as hard as we can, and expect to turn what people predict to be a two-way fight into a serious political battle.”

Nigel Farage and Chris Huhne

Nigel Farage and Chris Huhne

Following his guilty plea, Huhne told reporters outside Southwark Crown Court of his intention to resign:

“I have pleaded guilty today. I am unable to say more while there is an outstanding trial. But having taken responsibility for something that happened 10 years ago the only proper course of action for me is to resign my Eastleigh seat in parliament which I will do very shortly. And that’s all I’m able to say today,” he said.

LibDem leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said he is “shocked and saddened” at the news of Huhne’s resignation.

Readers' comments (4)

  • Huhne yes got caught and will be treated worse than a murderer. The injustice system goes on supporting a petty dictatorship masquerading as democracy.
    Those judging him have more than likely done the same and not fallen out with their wives.This evil system of hypocracy and no regard for the truth will bring about a revolution and the descendants of Boudica wil not use words..Justice is simply " do unto others as you would be done onto".When there are thousands of petty laws the people will hold the law in contempt and civil disorder will follow. Quite fron Winston Churchill...The people who make the laws are MPs,the most hated and despised dishonourable people ,elected only on their false promises and rewarded for causing misery and hopelessness to the majority. So much for " democracy" which is now a dictatorship. havinh helped the banks to steal the money from their customers and then rewarding them.And the Bank of England counterfeiting and losing millions their jobs.It used to be punishable by 20 years in prison..Hitler tried to flood this country with millions of fake money to destroy the country but this irresponsible government is doing it better..

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  • I liked to think UKIP will have a candidate and give the Con/Lib a run for their money.

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  • Come on Nigel " shit or bust"

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  • Farage to Spearhead a UKIP break through at Westminster and start the big push to get the yoke of the EU of the backs of the British people.

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