Nigel Farage to stand as Reform UK candidate for Essex constituency in 2024 general election

The reviewer makes a funny reference to the fact Clacton elected the country's only UKIP MP Douglas Carswell when Nigel Farage's party ran for government
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Nigel Farage is standing for the coastal constituency of Clacton - he has announced while taking over the leadership of Reform UK. The major U turn comes just days after Mr Farage said there was not enough time to build sufficient momentum.

Clacton was previously represented by former UKIP MP Douglas Carswell. The area recorded one of the highest leave votes in England in the 2016 referendum when almost 70 per cent of people voted to leave. Turnout was 74.5 per cent.

Mr Farage said that although many commenters believe the decision will hurt the Tories he is intent on taking votes from both Labour and the Conservatives.

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The veteran former leader of UKIP said his aim to is to get “far more” votes than UKIP got back in 2015 when it got four million votes. He added: "We are appealing to Conservatives voters. We are appealing to Labour voters. Those commcommentors and journalists who are longer in the tooth might remember in 2015 against all predictions we took more from Labour than we took from the Conservatives.”

Former Reform UK leader Richard Tice will now become the party's chairman, Farage says. A change of leadership of Reform UK also sets up the potential for Mr Farage to take part in the TV debates.

The candidates announced as standing so far in Clacton are:

  • Matthew Bensilum, Liberal Democrats

  • Nigel Farage, Reform UK

  • Natasha Osben, Green Party

  • Jovan Owusu-Nepaul, Labour Party

  • Giles Watling, Conservative Party