Farage Heading For UK Parliament

On Monday Guido hinted that Nigel Farage could be gearing up for a run at Parliament after sniffing around Chris Huhne’s Eastleigh seat last weekend, and two days later the UKIP leader all but confirmed Guido’s suspicions. A eurosceptic assault is the last thing Dave needs after a disastrous week at Number 10 in which the PM pledged he would never campaign to leave the EU, broke the Coalition agreement by forking out for even more SpAds and then managed to upset some angry Scottish coastguards with a particularly embarrassing gaffe. And that’s not to mention the latest Downing Streetcrime wave. Time for a holiday…

TAP – Interesting development.  He messed up at Buckingham (literally).  Maybe he’ll try a bit harder for a by-election.


Nigel Farage is up to something. He’s very publicly challenged Cameron to a debate, delivering a personal note to No.10 this morning:

“I propose a public debate between us where we can put our respective cases forward. My challenge to you is an open and honest one and I hope you will afford me, and the people of this country, a proper say on the matter.”

True to form, the UKIP leader took some ladies with him for the ride. While a debate between these two would no doubt be a belter, it’s not going to happen. Where Farage chose to announce his debate plan did pique Guido’s interest though. It seems he has spent the weekend in the prospective battlefield site of Eastleigh – Chris Huhne’s seat. For now…

Hypothetically, were there to be a by-election in the seat it would tear the coalition apart. There is plenty of bad blood on the ground after local Tories were narrowly defeated by vicious LibDem campaigns in election after election. Nobody would be pulling their punches this time…
If LibDem polling figures remain where they are, it will be the Tories’ to lose, but there are also 10,000 Labour votes up for grabs. With a decent tactical campaign UKIP could easily pick up significantly more than the 3,000 votes they secured in 2010. And not just from from disillusioned Tories…
Interestingly Farage stood in the seat in 1994, he reportedly told a local crowd on Saturday: “coming to Eastleigh is like coming home”“Eastleigh is a site of some interest” a UKIP spokesmen told Guido this afternoon, though they would not be drawn on speculation. Ingratiating himself with local businesses? Talking to residents? Whatever could he be up to…

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4 Responses to “Farage Heading For UK Parliament”

  1. Twig says:


    I never understood what went wrong at Buckingham.

    Why would conservative voters elect a lefty sock puppet like Bercow?

    Is it just a case of anything in a blue rosette?

    If so then we’ve got an uphill struggle ahead.

  2. Tapestry says:

    That’s assuming elections are real events and not orchestrated theatre with preset outcomes.

  3. Twig says:


    I know that there is voting corruption at a local level, especially in areas with large numbers of immigrants from certain parts of the third world, but the idea that the whole process is just a bit of theatre is just too scary to contemplate.

    But it would expain why we always end up with the Liblabatories.

  4. Anonymous says:

    As Stalin said
    “It matters not who votes that counts it’s WHO COUNTS THE VOTES that matter”
    Been at electorial counts and seen it. Labour has been the worst I’ve seen. Counters have been caught putting Labour votes on top and bottom of many piles with other party votes hidden in between. It’s so easy, and now with online voting and postal votes nobody knows who’s voting. It’s all a fraud there is no democracy anymore.

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