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Brexit Party makes Peterborough wait for by-election candidate

Brexit Party makes Peterborough wait for by-election candidate
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With a Peterborough by-election scheduled for early June, there's talk that it could lead to Parliament's first Brexit Party MP. After disgraced former Labour MP Fiona Onasanya was forced out following a recall petition in light of her conviction for perverting the course of justice, Labour, the Conservatives and Nigel Farage's Brexit Party are all vying to clinch the Labour/Tory marginal. The Brexit Party are currently surging in the polls – and could fare well in the Leave constituency.

So, what better platform on which to reveal the party's new candidate than Tuesday night's Brexit Party rally in... Peterborough? So far, the rumour mill has been in overdrive with Nigel Farage, Annunziata Rees-Mogg and even George Galloway tipped for the role. However, while it might make PR sense to have the candidate get in early and present themselves to the crowd of supporters such a move would be costly. The reason? The Brexit Party rally is focussed on the EU elections. But if they name a candidate for the by-election before then, the costs will count as part of the party's by-election spending.

Watch this space.

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Steerpike is The Spectator's gossip columnist, serving up the latest tittle tattle from London and beyond. Email tips to steerpike@spectator.co.uk.

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