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Nigel Farage 'Set To Stand As MP In Kent'
UKIP leader Nigel Farage is expected to stand as an MP for the South Thanet constituency in the General Election, Sky sources say.
Mr Farage is reportedly on a shortlist of candidates for the Kent seaside seat.
Recent polling has said there were two constituencies where his party could win.
One is Thurrock in Essex, where there is already a UKIP candidate, and the other is South Thanet, that includes the towns of Ramsgate and Broadstairs.
Mr Farage had already said he was planning to stand at next year's General Election, which prompted speculation about which constituency he could choose.
Sky's Political Correspondent Sophy Ridge said: "The reason that he has chosen the South Thanet seat is pretty simple.
"It's because he thinks this is his best chance of being elected to parliament."
Rozanne Duncan, the secretary of the local branch, told the Financial Times: "It is the worst-kept secret in town. We now have two names on the list and one of them is Mr Farage.
"Whether he will get selected or not is another matter... although I'd be surprised if he doesn't."
Mr Farage has previously dropped heavy hints that he will seek election in South Thanet - where Tory incumbent Laura Sandys is standing down.
The UKIP leader, who is also an MEP, was born in Kent and lives there.
A party spokeswoman said: "The branch are starting to receive nominations from people interested in standing, but there's no shortlist of candidates yet.
"Even when there is a shortlist of candidates finalised for hustings, that list will be kept confidential. We are still a long way off announcing a candidate for Thanet South."
Mr Farage unsuccessfully challenged Commons Speaker John Bercow in his Buckingham seat in 2010.
However, since then UKIP has made some significant electoral advances - including coming top in European polls in May.