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Nigel Farage: I’ll make eighth bid to become an MP

In the picture: Nigel
Farage poses for a
selfie on a walkabout
in Pontefract,
West Yorkshire,
yesterday PICTURE: PA

NIGEL FARAGE said he intends to make an eighth attempt to become an MP at the next general election.

The Brexit Party leader told radio station LBC he felt it was a ‘duty’ to run to stop ‘career politicians’ from the leading parties.

He has stood seven times, including in South Thanet, Kent, and Eastleigh, in Hampshire, for Ukip, but failed each time.

He said: ‘I’m going to have to, 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 both the Labour and Tory parties.’

He did not specify where he would stand. He spoke as his Brexit Party was forced to distance itself from tweets by its national election agent, Noel Matthews.

According to website Buzzfeed, Mr Matthews wrote on Twitter last year that Islamophobia was ‘a silly, made up word’, and expressed sympathy for far-right figure Stephen Yaxley-Lennon — also known as Tommy Robinson — claiming he had been ‘persecuted’.

A Brexit Party spokesman said it ‘does not condone or endorse any of these views’.