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Brexit figurehead Nigel Farage to run in UK election after U-turn

Reform UK leader Nigel Farage during a press conference in London, UK, Monday June 3, 2024.

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LONDON — British politician and media personality Nigel Farage, best known for leading the Brexit campaign, announced Monday that he will stand in next month’s British general election.

Farage said he would not stand as a parliamentary candidate for his Reform party to focus on supporting Donald Trump’s US presidential campaign.

Farage previously led the UK Independence Party, which rose to prominence in the 2010s with an agenda to leave the European Union, cut immigration and oppose multiculturalism.

However, the party never managed to win any seats in the general election and Farage failed to become an MP despite running for office numerous times.

He then left UKIP and formed the Brexit Party. This later became the right-wing populist Reform Party under a new leader, while Farage moved away from politics and focused on media commentary.

The Reform Party announced on Monday that Farage would become its leader and run as an MP.

The party is unlikely to make significant electoral gains in the July 4 vote, but Farage’s arrival could shake up the campaign widely seen as a two-horse race between the incumbent Conservative Party led by Rishi Sunak and the Labor Party led by Keir Starmer. .

Polls widely suggest Labor will return to power after 14 years.

This is breaking news and will be updated shortly.

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