Nigel Farage says he’s too busy to become an MP in Peterborough by-election – as new poll shows his Brexit Party is twice as popular as Tories

NIGEL Farage won’t run to become an MP next month – telling The Sun he’s too busy to take part in the Peterborough by-election.

The Brexit Party boss ruled himself out as a candidate for the Commons as his party soared way ahead of the Tories in a fresh poll.

A new poll shows Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party beating rivals in the European elections

Mr Farage’s party now has twice as much support as the Conservatives ahead of this month’s European elections.

There will be a by-election in Peterborough on June 6 after criminal MP Fiona Onasanya was booted out by voters last night.

The Brexit Party will challenge the Tories and Labour in the Cambridgeshire seat.

But today Mr Farage insisted he won’t be the candidate, telling The Sun: “Impossible – I have a national campaign to run!”

He added that the party hasn’t had time to choose its flagbearer in the by-election yet.

Peterborough is traditionally a Tory-Labour swing seat, picked up by Onasanya in the 2017 General Election.

A new YouGov poll released today shows the Brexit Party is on course to win 30 per cent of the votes in the European Parliament elections on May 23.

Labour are second on 21 per cent, with the Tories trailing on just 13 per cent.

Tory Brexiteer Michael Fabricant blasted: “For the European Elections, the Conservatives become a minority party.

“I fully understand why.”

Furious Leave voters have abandoned the Conservatives in droves, in disgust that Theresa May has failed to deliver Brexit.

Nigel Farage is the leader of the new Brexit Party
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Fiona Onasanya was forced out of the Commons last night
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