Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage will not be fighting to take the South Thanet seat in June’s General Election

Nigel Farage will not stand in June's General Election

Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage will not stand in this June’s General Election.

Talking to The Telegraph newspaper today (April 20) Mr Farage quashed speculation that he may try to win the South Thanet seat after losing by a slim majority to Tory Craig Mackinlay in 2015.

The MEP told The Telegraph that he would be concentrating on Brexit negotiations in the European Parliament.

The snap election was announced by PM Theresa May on Tuesday and backed by  the House of Commons yesterday.

Candidates will be revealed on May 12. June 8 will be polling day.

Conservatives Sir Roger Gale and Craig Mackinlay have confirmed their intention to stand, as has fringe group the bizarre Al-Zebabist Nation of Ooog, with candidate Zebadiah Abu-Obadiah, which polled 30 votes in May 2015.