Farage rules out standing in byelection

The Northern Echo: Farage rules out by-election challenge Farage rules out by-election challenge

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has decided not to stand in the Newark by-election.

Mr Farage told the BBC that his decision was based on the timing of the announcement. He said he wanted to concentrate on a record-breaking result in the European elections in a couple of weeks' time.

"If I said yes (to standing in the Newark by-election) all the attention would be focused on me - am I going to win, am I not going to win," he said.

The by-election was prompted by the decision of former Tory MP Patrick Mercer to stand down after a parliamentary inquiry into cash for questions.

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8:42am Wed 30 Apr 14

MSG says...

Thats a shame. i would like to have seen what happened here after the massive UKIP gains in the euro election and the on-going sleaze of the LIBLABCON !.
Thats a shame. i would like to have seen what happened here after the massive UKIP gains in the euro election and the on-going sleaze of the LIBLABCON !. MSG
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9:14am Wed 30 Apr 14

RealLivin says...

I dont know what Mr Farages background is, but he shouldn't be standing in an area he is not lived in, he needs to find a local candidate. I dont think he has a workable plan to fix everything on the UKIP site. His party is getting slated by other parties and the press because he is making a noise about real issues that Tories and Labour refuse to do anything about. He needs to be careful he is not hijacked by the likes of BNP, as immigration issues and racist issues are linked, not always the same but linked.

My opinion is the more that vote UKIP, the more likely we are to get Tories and Labour doing something right for once, just to stay in front. Like setting up immigration in the same manor as other countries not an open door policy. Dealing with the Human rights issue and prisoners, if you cant live by the rules and the rules dont apply to you, then you cant expect to use them against the system once you are convicted.
I dont know what Mr Farages background is, but he shouldn't be standing in an area he is not lived in, he needs to find a local candidate. I dont think he has a workable plan to fix everything on the UKIP site. His party is getting slated by other parties and the press because he is making a noise about real issues that Tories and Labour refuse to do anything about. He needs to be careful he is not hijacked by the likes of BNP, as immigration issues and racist issues are linked, not always the same but linked. My opinion is the more that vote UKIP, the more likely we are to get Tories and Labour doing something right for once, just to stay in front. Like setting up immigration in the same manor as other countries not an open door policy. Dealing with the Human rights issue and prisoners, if you cant live by the rules and the rules dont apply to you, then you cant expect to use them against the system once you are convicted. RealLivin
  • Score: 1

9:16am Wed 30 Apr 14

David Lacey says...

He's a busy man. Three weeks to go before UKIP wipe out the Tories, LibDums and perhaps even beat Labour. By the way can anyone explain how Angelica Schneider - a foreign citizen - can stand for the LibDums. Someone who can't even vote in a UK election representing us?
He's a busy man. Three weeks to go before UKIP wipe out the Tories, LibDums and perhaps even beat Labour. By the way can anyone explain how Angelica Schneider - a foreign citizen - can stand for the LibDums. Someone who can't even vote in a UK election representing us? David Lacey
  • Score: 4

9:25am Wed 30 Apr 14

behonest says...

This is absolutely the right decision by Nigel Farage.

Focus on the Euro elections, see how UKIP get on - hopefully very well - and then take it from there. Well done, Nigel.
This is absolutely the right decision by Nigel Farage. Focus on the Euro elections, see how UKIP get on - hopefully very well - and then take it from there. Well done, Nigel. behonest
  • Score: 1

10:10am Wed 30 Apr 14

John Durham says...

Angelica Schneider? German women coming over here taking our jobs - wouldn't get that with UKIP running the show!
Angelica Schneider? German women coming over here taking our jobs - wouldn't get that with UKIP running the show! John Durham
  • Score: 4

11:18am Wed 30 Apr 14

David Lacey says...

You make light of a serious point. Would an English citizen be permitted to represent (for example) a German region? Perhaps so! But it is wrong.
You make light of a serious point. Would an English citizen be permitted to represent (for example) a German region? Perhaps so! But it is wrong. David Lacey
  • Score: -2

12:00pm Wed 30 Apr 14

tubgut says...

Sound statical move, European elections first then the general it gives Lib-Lab-Con more time to dig the whole deeper. The establishment has no creditability at any level the deception deceit and lies of the past years are coming home to roost. Lib-Lab-Con start buying pampers for sure you are going to need them when the world falls out of you bottoms.
Sound statical move, European elections first then the general it gives Lib-Lab-Con more time to dig the whole deeper. The establishment has no creditability at any level the deception deceit and lies of the past years are coming home to roost. Lib-Lab-Con start buying pampers for sure you are going to need them when the world falls out of you bottoms. tubgut
  • Score: 0

1:26pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Copley23 says...

What a lying, vacuous piece of garbage. I predicted this a week ago.

He just doesn't have any policies!
Nothing that would withstand the test.......

Would you buy a second hand car off him. Nah, me neither.
What a lying, vacuous piece of garbage. I predicted this a week ago. He just doesn't have any policies! Nothing that would withstand the test....... Would you buy a second hand car off him. Nah, me neither. Copley23
  • Score: 0

2:21pm Wed 30 Apr 14

GeordieB says...

What the NE article fails to mention, accidentally I'm sure, is that Farage said on the news that he had no connection with the constituency mentioned and that was also a factor in his decision not to stand.

Does UKIP really pose that big of a threat to the LibLabCon?

They do seem to be getting in a flap every time UKIP are mentioned.
What the NE article fails to mention, accidentally I'm sure, is that Farage said on the news that he had no connection with the constituency mentioned and that was also a factor in his decision not to stand. Does UKIP really pose that big of a threat to the LibLabCon? They do seem to be getting in a flap every time UKIP are mentioned. GeordieB
  • Score: 0

7:27pm Wed 30 Apr 14

happyguy says...

He took the advice of his private pollsters who told him he d be hammered and he thought why would i give up a good earner like europe to be butchered at newark. David some of yours,MODs and
Jolly rogers right wing rants please ?
Just heard him on Channel4 news with neil (any got a quid for a question )hamilton discussing greek millionare .Farages response 'you ll have to ask our treasurer. Got his finger on the pulse then.
He took the advice of his private pollsters who told him he d be hammered and he thought why would i give up a good earner like europe to be butchered at newark. David some of yours,MODs and Jolly rogers right wing rants please ? Just heard him on Channel4 news with neil (any got a quid for a question )hamilton discussing greek millionare .Farages response 'you ll have to ask our treasurer. Got his finger on the pulse then. happyguy
  • Score: 0

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