Nigel Farage is expected to stand in snap election on June 8

Sean Morrison
Nigel Farage is expected to stand in June's snap general election: PA

Nigel Farage is expected to stand in June’s snap general election, in what would be his eighth attempt at capturing a parliamentary seat.

The former Ukip leader unsuccessfully campaigned in Kent’s South Thanet in 2015 – receiving 32.4 per cent of the vote.

And Paul Nuttall, the Ukip’s current leader, said he expects Mr Farage to stand on June 8.

He told Channel 4 News on Tuesday: “I suspect Nigel Farage will stand.”

Ukip will go into the surprise election, announced by Theresa May on Tuesday, with no MPs after Douglas Carswell resigned last month.

Nigel Farage stood in South Thanet in 2015 but was defeated by the Conservatives (PA Archive/PA Images)

Cagier about what he may do than Mr Nuttall, Mr Farage said he would decide whether to stand in the polls “over the next couple of days”.

The Ukip MEP told his listeners on LBC he would need more time to consider his options, adding: “I haven’t decided yet. I will spend the next couple of days working it out.”

Mr Nuttall said he believed Ukip could win a “handful” of seats in the snap election.

He told the Daily Telegraph Mr May’s decision to call a snap election was a “cynical decision driven more by the weakness of Corbyn's Labour Party rather than the good of the country”.

The Ukip leader added: “We are in the midst of Brexit negotiations so this election will provide a perfect opportunity for the 52 per cent to vote for Ukip, the only party wholeheartedly committed to a clean quick and efficient Brexit.”

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