Nigel Farage reveals he intends to stand as an MP for the eighth time
Nigel Farage has revealed he plans to run for parliament for the eighth time.
The Brexit Party leader has tried, and failed, seven times to swap his seat in the European Parliament for one in the House of Commons.
But speaking to radio station LBC, where he hosts his own show, the former Ukip boss said he felt he ‘had to’ stand due to the handling of the Brexit process.
In a live question and answer session from a Brexit Party rally in Pontefract, Yorkshire, he said: “I’m going to have to[stand] of course.
“It’s a duty, it’s a duty, it’s a duty.
“We cannot ever allow again a great democratic exercise like this to be railroaded aside by career politicians of the Labour and Tory parties.”
Despite running seven times he has never won a seat in Parliament.
He went on to say he would be prepared to ‘do a deal with the devil’ for a Brexit which would see the UK leave the Customs Union, the single market, and the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice.
He said: "If we can save £39bn, come out of the Customs Union, come out of the Single Market, come out of the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice and be a genuinely independent, self-governing democracy that can choose its own future, I’d do a deal with the devil to get that.”
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The European elections are set to take place on May 23 and a poll has already predicted Mr Farage’s new party could push the Conservatives into fifth place among the electorate.
And the poll seems to have only buoyed Mr Farage’s confidence.
He told LBC: “If we win this, we can demand that representatives of the Brexit Party have a say in the next stage of this process, because that would be democracy.”