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Leaflets from Nigel Farage to his potential constituents have caused a stir after more than 100 were delivered to homes outside Thanet South.

Nigel Farage, who is standing as MP for the Sandwich seat of South Thanet at the general election this year, has come under fire after the leaflets addressed to “Dear constituent” were posted to homes in the Deal and Dover constituency instead.

In response, a flurry of comments were posted on Twitter. Neil Wiggins said: “Just as the Pub Landlord is openly ignorant of the location of South Thanet, Nigel is not entirely sure either.”

Nigel Farage South Thanet candidate leaflets delivered to homes in Betteshanger
Nigel Farage South Thanet candidate leaflets delivered to homes in Betteshanger

This comes after comedian Al Murray announced he will be standing for his newly-formed Free United Kingdom Party in the Sandwich seat.

Martin Pearce added: “He does not even know where South Thanet begins or ends.”

Labour parliamentary candidate for Deal and Dover, Clair Hawkins, tweeted a picture of the leaflet after speaking to residents in Betteshanger.

She said: “A few people in Betteshanger told me they were surprised to receive a leaflet from Nigel Farage introducing himself as the candidate for South Thanet. It says he wants to do the best for Thanet, Sandwich and the surrounding villages.

“What he doesn’t seem to realise is that Betteshanger is several villages too far and is an important part of the Dover and Deal constituency.”

More than 500 people were out canvassing for Ukip across South Thanet on Sunday, January 18 and distributed at least 112 leaflets to the wrong area by mistake.

Martin Hill, a spokesman from Ukip South Thanet said: “There is no holding back the enthusiasm of Ukip supporters; 48,000 leaflets were distributed across South Thanet with 520 people canvassing at the same time and a bit of over enthusiasm took them over the border.”

He explained it was an amazing day of action with plenty of supporters and added that some leaflets being wrongly delivered was not an issue.

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