Nigel Farage will run for parliament in July general election

Nigel Farage
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Nigel Farage has announced he will run for parliament in the up-coming general election. The former UKIP leader has been named as the new leader of Reform UK.

And he went on to say he would stand for election in the July poll despite previously saying he had no plans to do so. He will stand in Clacton, Essex, and will formally launch his candidacy tomorrow.

He told a press conference: “I’ve decided I’ve changed my mind. It’s allowed you know. It’s not always a sign of weakness, it could potentially be a sign of strength”.

The politician made the announcement minutes after being named the new leader of the Reform party by the man currently holding the position.

Richard Tice told a press conference in London: “We’ve been trying to create some interest in this general election campaign. And here we are. Everyone thought that Reform UK that would get squeezed out, that was the Prime Minister’s and the Tories’ strategy.”

He added: “What’s happening to the polls? We’re going down? Are we holding? No. We’re going up. Yes, totally contrary of these plans actually, we’re going up.”

“How do we turn on the rocket boosters, the turbo chargers, to this campaign?” He went on: “As people know, I wanted Nigel to be able to give as much energy and effort, commitment to this campaign, as he felt able to do.”

He then said: “I thought well actually, what I really want to do is to invite Nigel Farage to become leader of Reform UK.”

Nigel Farage went to tell the conference: “Now we put our operations’ notice today other title emergency election announcement. We did that because we think this election needs a bit of gingering up. Thus far, it was the dullest, boring electoral campaign we have ever seen.”

He said: “We know that taxes will stay high. We know that mass immigration will continue regardless of which party wins power. We know that people will get poorer. We also know that crime or fear of crime will get worse.”

He added: “We’re doing better than our former partners in the European Union, but we’re massively behind America and many other parts of the world. We’re in social decline and we’re actually in a form of moral decline. We’ve forgotten who we are as a country."

Announcing he would stand as an MP he said: I’ll be launching my candidacy at midday tomorrow in the Essex seaside town of Clacton, so midday tomorrow Clacton at the end of the pier.”

He added: “Richard is more than happy for me to put my head and shoulders firmly over the parapet and take the flack. So I’m coming back as leader of Reform UK, but not just for this election campaign. I’m coming back for the next five years.”

He added: “So our aim in this election is to get many many millions of votes. And I’m talking far more votes than you get got back in 2015 when we when we got 4 million votes. We’re going to get many, many, many more votes than that.

“How many seats in Parliament? Can we win under this system? Well, that’s another matter. And that depends on what momentum we can get from here."

The former UKIP leader said he had initially decided it was too short notice to stand in the election but then changed his mind after speaking to people on the streets. He said he had felt there was a "rejection" of the political class in the country then added: “The other thing that really shook me in a way last week were the number of people coming up to me in the street saying ‘Nigel, why aren’t you standing?'”

He said said he wanted to lead a “political revolt” telling the conference: “Yes, a revolt. A turning of our backs on the political status quo. It doesn’t work. Nothing in this country works any more.”

Richard Tice will now serve as chairman of the Reform UK party, Mr Farage said after he took over from Mr Tice as leader.