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Michelle Buxton, Brexit Party candidate, Bexhill and Battle constituency

In a statement today (Monday 11 November), Nigel Farage, the leader of the Brexit party, explained that his party will not now stand in 317 Tory seats, in the coming general election.

Only 11 days ago, he announced that he would be standing candidates in around 600 seats in Britain. He said this morning ,”what I am announcing is, in practice, a leave alliance”.

Whether or not he told Michelle Buxton, the Brexit party candidate for the Bexhill and Battle constituency, before he told the media, is not known.

Her first, and perhaps now only media release, as a parliamentary candidate, stated, “I hope like me you believe that our future is best served by leaving the EU, just as the majority of us decided over three years ago, and vote for the only party that truly believes in an independent future where we can be free to exercise our own decisions and uphold our parliamentary sovereignty, that is not for sale”.

There is a co-incidental historical footnote. Nigel Farage himself, has stood for Parliament seven times and has never been elected. In 2001, he stood in Sussex under the banner of UKIP. He won 3,474 votes (7.8 % of the electorate).

The name of the constituency was Bexhill and Battle.