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  • 27 August 2014, 0:49

Farage Confirmed As UKIP Candidate In Thanet

Nigel Farage has been selected as UKIP's candidate for the South Thanet seat in next year's General Election.

The UKIP leader was picked ahead of three other shortlisted candidates.

Local officials voted after questioning the four in hustings at Odd Fellows Hall in Ramsgate, Kent.

Mr Farage said afterwards: "We can't for one moment afford to be complacent because we swept the board in 2013 and we swept the board here in 2014.

"We did and that was magnificent. But don't think that the heavy artillery from the Conservative and Labour parties will not be fired on this constituency.

"They will, they will, they will try very, very hard. They don't want UKIP breaking through into Parliament and they most certainly do not want me breaking through into Parliament.

"Somebody said I'm David Cameron's worst nightmare. Well, that's not good enough. I want to be Ed Miliband's worst nightmare too."

Mr Farage hopes to win the seat held by Conservative Laura Sandys, who took South Thanet with a majority of 7,617 in 2010.

He faces competition from Craig MacKinlay, the former UKIP leader chosen to stand for the Tories.

Ms Sandys is standing down after one term because of "a wide range of family demands".

Mr Farage stood in South Thanet in 2005, and finished fourth with 2,079 votes, a 5% share.

It is one of 12 seats UKIP are planning to target heavily for the 2015 General Election, according to the party's internal polling seen by Sky News.

Most of the seats are held by Conservatives and tend to be situated across the southern half of England.