Ukip leader Nigel Farage ‘undecided’ on standing in Portsmouth South in 2015

Nigel Farage, leader of UKIP pictured in Portsmouth.
Nigel Farage, leader of UKIP pictured in Portsmouth.

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NIGEL Farage has refused to rule out whether he will run for Parliament in Portsmouth South.

Speculation is rife about the intentions of the Ukip leader after he revealed he wants to run as an MP ‘close to the sea’ at the 2015 general election.

Mr Farage, who retained his seat as MEP for the south-east of England following the Euro elections, told The News: ‘I was referring to a seat by a constituency in the south of England.

‘I haven’t made my mind up yet.

‘I have just been fighting a national election and we have got a by-election to fight for (in Newark next week).

‘Clearly, Ukip has made huge gains in Portsmouth and Portsmouth South is a seat we are going to take very seriously.’

The south-east Euro elections saw the Conservatives and the Lib Dems lose one seat, leaving them with three and one seats respectively.

There was no change for Labour with one.

Ukip was backed by 751,439 voters, a 32.14 per cent share of the vote, while the Tories got 723,571.

Both Labour and the Green Party beat the Lib Dems, which had 8.04 per cent of the vote with 187,876 supporters.

Ray Finch, Ukip leader in Hampshire, said Mr Farage hasn’t told anyone in the party what his parliamentary intentions are and it’s down to him to decide what to do.

Mr Finch, a Hampshire county councillor who picked up an MEP position, said: ‘He has not said to anyone where it will be.

‘Nigel is the only one who knows where he will stand.

‘The interesting things are the Liberal Democrats have been replaced as the left wing protest party by the greens and we are the best national party left.’

Talking about the results, he added: ‘Labour has virtually got nothing in the south and the Tories have got nothing in the north.

‘It looks like we will be the only party with MEPs in every part of the UK.’

Meanwhile, prime minister and Tory leader David Cameron has come under pressure to consider an electoral deal with Ukip amid fears that the two parties could split the right-of-centre vote in the May 2015 general election.

Mr Cameron insists he is not ready to enter any deal with Ukip, saying an all out victory for the Conservatives was ‘achievable’ and was the only way to guarantee a referendum on Britain’s EU membership.

‘Between now and the next election, I’m only going to be talking about my goal, which is all-out Conservative victory, and I believe that is achievable,’ Mr Cameron said.

Labour leader Ed Miliband insisted that Labour was ‘in a position where we can win the general election’, despite disappointing Euro results across the board.

Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Portsmouth Lib Dem leader and leader of the city council, said: ‘The elections weren’t good for us.

‘We kept our Lib Dem MEP in Catherine Bearder but it wasn’t a good set of elections.

‘People are worried and don’t see the main parties taking their concerns seriously.’