General election 2017: UKIP leader Paul Nuttall will stand for Parliament in June

Francesca Gillett
UKIP leader Paul Nuttall at the Stoke by-election

UKIP leader Paul Nuttall has revealed he will be standing in the General Election in June.

The Brexiteer confirmed to radio station LBC that he will be standing for parliament on June 8 – but has not yet said which seat he will contest.

He will confirm which constituency he will stand in in the next 48 hours.

There had been speculation whether the party leader would contest a parliamentary seat following his defeat in the Stoke-on-Trent Central by-election in February.

Mr Nuttall told presenter Iain Dale he would like the party to get more MPs elected this year than in 2015 and said thought it was doable.

He added: “We have to drill down in these seats.”

The UKIP chief said he believes Theresa May will “backslide on a number of issues” and told listeners: “If you want a true Brexiteer to represent you in Parliament, you want the real deal.”

Mr Nuttall joined UKIP in 2004 before becoming deputy leader in November 2010. Last year's leadership election saw him elected as the UKIP leader.