UKIP's Roger Helmer To Stand In Newark

UKIP has announced that Roger Helmer MEP has been selected as its candidate to fight the Newark parliamentary by-election.

Mr Helmer has represented the East Midlands in the European Parliament for 15 years and is a well-known figure on the Nottinghamshire political scene.

Mr Helmer said: "I am both proud and humbled to have been selected by the constituency association in Newark to represent the UKIP cause in this historic town in what could well prove to be an historic by-election. It would be a huge honour to be elected to serve as Newark's MP and I will be giving my all over the next few weeks to achieve that outcome."

UKIP leader Nigel Farage said: "I had a feeling from pretty early on that Roger would emerge as the UKIP candidate in this contest. It did not surprise me in the slightest that he performed so well at the hustings or that NEC members were keen to endorse him.

"He is a massively experienced and respected figure on the national political stage and on the local political stage as well. I know that the UKIP membership will rally to the cause of making Roger our first directly elected MP."


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