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Disgraced Ex-Tory MP Neil Hamilton Hopes To Become Ukip MP

28/08/2014 16:01 BST | Updated 28/08/2014 16:59 BST
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TORQUAY, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 28: UKIP campaign director Neil Hamilton speaks at the UKIP 2014 Spring Conference at the Riviera International on February 28, 2014 in Torquay, England. The anti-European Union UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage is looking to galvanise support ahead of May's European Parliament elections when they hope to win the most seats in the contest, building on its strong poll ratings and success in last year's local elections. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Neil Hamilton, the disgraced former Tory MP who is now deputy chairman of Ukip, has revealed he is bidding to become Ukip's candidate for the parliamentary seat of Boston and Skegness.

Hamilton, whose name become synonymous with sleaze after being embroiled in a "cash-for-questions" affair in the 1990s, told the Skegness Standard: “I have put my application in. They’re getting together a shortlist and I hope to be on that.

“Several people in Boston and Skegness UKIP have asked me to put my hat into the ring. Dick Body, the former MP, was a great friend of mine. We were very close when I was an MP - I want to follow in the tradition that he set.”

The local party will draw up a shortlist of candidates from the applications, with a hustings set to take place on September 11. Conservative Mark Simmonds, currently MP for Boston and Skegness, recently said he would stand down from parliament next year as he claimed that he was struggling to live in London, despite having a £27,000 taxpayer funded housing allowance.

Hamilton's attempt to bounce back into parliament comes after he failed in May's local elections to be elected a councillor in Wandsworth.

The Ukip deputy chairman's promise to "follow in the tradition" set by his predecessor will hopefully mean he will not feel the need to repeat stunts like stepping into a see-through box to dance while comedian Johnny Vegas chucks fish at him.

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