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UKIP leader Nigel Farage could go for Folkestone and Hythe constituency at 2015 election

07 October 2013
by Paul Francis

UKIP leader Nigel Farage would poll a landslide majority if a general election was held tomorrow in Folkestone and Hythe, our readers' poll has revealed.

The MEP has previously side-stepped questions about where he may stand when voters go to the polls in 2015.

But in an interview on the Andrew Marr show yesterday, he disclosed that he was weighing up whether to contest the constituency held by Conservative Damian Collins.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage could stand in Folkestone and Hythe at the next general election

UKIP leader Nigel Farage could stand in Folkestone and Hythe at the next general election

If he did that, based on a poll of more than 400 KentOnline readers, he would win the seat if it was held tomorrow.

At just after 3pm today, our ongoing poll registered 282 readers would vote for UKIP if Nigel Farage stood in Folkestone and Hythe.

While just 52 people would vote for the Conservatives, with Labour polling 46 votes and the Lib Dems and Greens neck and neck with 18 votes each.

Damian Collins, MP for Folkestone and Hythe

Damian Collins, MP for Folkestone and Hythe

Mr Farage's shock admission that he was eyeing up the Folkestone seat came after he was quizzed on media reports that he had the Thanet South seat in his sights - held by the pro-European Conservative MP Laura Sandys.

Asked if those reports were true on the Andrew Marr show, he said: "I read all that stuff and it is the last thing on my mind...I was actually thinking about Folkestone but I am not going to say where I am standing or where I am thinking of standing [until after the European elections]".

How would you vote in the next general election if UKIP leader Nigel Farage stood in Folkestone and Hythe?

Mr Farage said the party would, however, be focusing heavily on areas where they took seats in the county council elections in May - implying Kent, where they took 17 seats from the Conservatives - will be a key battleground. 

"Our focus is on getting MPs into Westminster because if we do, then there really will be a referendum on Europe."

If Mr Farage was to stand in the county, it would put Kent at the centre of the election battle, with the country's future in Europe likely to be a dominant issue.



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