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Paul Nuttall is parachuting into Stoke-on-Trent Central and intends to conquer the constituency for UKIP [Image: PA].

Despite This Site’s warnings of dire humiliation if he follows this course, UKIP leader Paul Nuttall has ignored my good advice and barged the 10 other possible candidates from his party out of the way to stand in the Stoke Central by-election.

Apparently the 10(!) other possible UKIP candidates stood aside to make way for their leader, who is from Bootle, and is therefore being ‘parachuted’ into the constituency.

The people of Stoke-on-Trent Central have prior experience of ‘parachuted-in’ candidates – Tristram Hunt, whose resignation forced this poll, is from Cambridge. His selection was extremely unpopular with Labour Party members in the constituency, leading to him getting the lowest turnout and majority of any MP in the current Parliament.

Labour has yet to choose a candidate. If the party decides on somebody from the constituency, who supports Jeremy Corbyn and accepts the decision of the EU referendum (Stoke Central supported Brexit), then Mr Nuttall is cruising towards his fifth consecutive defeat in a Parliamentary election.

Even more potentially humiliating is the possibility that he has overruled better candidates – who might win – in order to fail in his ambition yet again.

UKIP leader Paul Nuttall will stand in the Stoke-on-Trent Central by-election on 23 February, the party has said.

Mr Nuttall was confirmed as the UKIP candidate after the 10 other people on the shortlist withdrew to make way for their leader.

Mr Nuttall is striving to become UKIP’s second MP, joining Douglas Carswell who became its first MP in 2014.

It will be Mr Nuttall’s fifth attempt to win a seat in Parliament.

Source: UKIP leader Paul Nuttall to stand in Stoke Central by-election – BBC News

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