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Reforming Britain’s Nigel Farage to make an ‘urgent general election announcement’

Nigel Farage will make an “emergency” general election announcement this afternoon, sparking speculation he could stand for Parliament.

The founder of Reform UK revealed earlier this year that he was unsure whether he would make his eighth attempt to become an MP.

Nigel Farage did not stand as a candidate in this year’s general election

The staunch Brexiteer – who grew up in Downe, near Bromley – played a key role in the campaign for Britain’s departure from the European Union and was closely associated with the Clacton seat in Essex.

But after serving as UKIP’s member of the European Parliament for South East England between 1999 and 2020, and unsuccessfully contesting the seat of South Thanet in the 2005 and 2015 general elections, there were rumors that he might have another crack would have in Kent.

This was further fueled by the former Brexit Party leader buying a four-bed property in Lydd-on-Sea.

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But the 60-year-old last month opted out of standing as a candidate in this year’s general election.

The honorary chairman of Reform claimed he will instead devote his time to this year’s US presidential election to help his friend Donald Trump be elected to the White House for a second time.

Nigel Farage was UKIP Member of the European Parliament for South East England between 1999 and 2020

However, in a post on

Caroline Coram commented: “Are you running for parliament, Nigel? Is that an emergency? Supporters of the reform would celebrate.”

Castellan Ardias said, “For God’s sake, please stand up, Nigel. The country is begging for it.”

Augustus Mustus wrote: “Nigel for Prime Minister.”

Craig Mackinlay won the South Thanet seat from Nigel Farage in 2015

But others took a less obsequious approach, with one user joking: “Announce that Brexit was a joke and we should rejoin the EU?”

“I’m going to make a cheese sandwich about the same time,” another added.

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Last month, Farage revealed he had thought “long and hard” about whether to stand as a candidate in the upcoming election, but insisted it was “not the right time”.

He says he would instead devote his time to the US elections because they have “huge global significance”.

“A strong America as a close ally is critical to our peace and security,” he said.

“I plan to help with the grassroots campaign in the US in any way I can.

“The choice between Labor and the Conservatives is uninspiring, and only Reform has the radical agenda needed to end the decline in this country.”

Reform UK’s Nigel Farage speaks in Dover on Tuesday

The veteran politician launched the reform campaign in Dover last week.

When KentOnline asked him in January whether he would stand again, he was still undecided.

“I fully support Richard (Tice) and what he is doing, but I am not sure yet about what role I could play,” he previously said.

“Life is pretty good – I love doing GB News. I had fun in the jungle (I’m a celebrity) and I’m still fighting the banks. So I have a lot on my plate.”

Mr Farage added: “Last year was great for me so I am completely happy.

“Do I want to throw myself back into frontline politics? That’s a big decision and I’m not sure about it at all.”