Nigel Farage has ruled out standing in the General Election, saying he wants to focus on the “fight for Brexit in Europe”.
The former Ukip leader, who has failed to become an MP seven times, said he had considered running in Clacton this time.
He said he was tempted by the seat after former Ukip member Douglas Carswell announced he would be standing down as MP.
But, writing in the Telegraph, Mr Farage declared he would not run again on June 8.
Mr Farage said he would be able to use his profile in European politics to put "real pressure" on MEPs to back a "sensible deal" for the UK.
He said: “If I compare the platform I have in Strasbourg to being a backbench MP, there is frankly no comparison.
“The Brexit negotiations will take place in Brussels and the European Parliament will not only have a large impact on them, but ultimately will have the right of veto any deal at the end of the two-year process.
“I believe I can use my profile in European politics to put real pressure on MEPs to vote for a sensible deal with the UK. Just weeks after we are due to leave, there will be the next set of European elections.”
And he said he expected Prime Minister Theresa May to get an easy victory at the ballot box.
Mr Farage said “The certainty of a large Conservative majority and knowing that the Remainers have been trounced, will see Ukip voters coming home.
“Ukip have had a huge transformative effect on British politics, but the job is far from done.
“We may have helped to win the war with the referendum, but winning the peace is of equal importance.
“I will help and support Paul Nuttall through this time and I expect him to emerge as a strong voice for what many millions want.”