David Blackburn

Farage to stand against Bercow

Farage to stand against Bercow
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The Telegraph’s Andrew Porter reports that UKIP leader Nigel Farage will stand against Speaker Bercow in Buckingham at the next election. Farage explained his decisision:

“This man represents all that is wrong with British politics today. He was embroiled in the expenses saga and he presides over a Parliament that virtually does nothing.”

Farage has more than an outside chance of winning this very safe Tory seat. It’s fair to say that Bercow’s expense claims and his election as Speaker, facilitated almost exclusively by Mr Brown’s MPs, have not endeared him to the party faithful – even Tim Montgomerie confides he’d be tempted to vote UKIP if he were registered in Buckingham. By contrast, Farage, who is the local MEP, is well liked in some quarters and UKIP did well in the region at the local elections - though, as ever with UKIP, transferring that success to a general election may prove beyond him. As yet, the Conservatives are not fielding a candidate, but that might change following Farage’s decision. Watch this space.