Businessman Mike Greene, 54, who has appeared on Channel 4’s The Secret Millionaire, will stand for Mr Farage’s new party in its first shot at a seat in Westminster. The city’s by-election on June 6 will find a replacement for MP Fiona Onasanya who lost her seat through a recall petition after serving time in prison for lying about a speeding offence. Ms Onasanya, who was elected as a Labour MP in 2017, said she would not stand in the June 6 poll.
Mr Farage said he would not make any “silly predictions” about how his party would fare in the by-election, but added: “I think we’re going to do very well.
“We’re going to give it our best shot but that’s the best I can say at this stage.
“We’ll give it our best shot and I think the Conservative and Labour parties will be very worried by the presence of Mike Greene as we’ve got a candidate who’s extremely well-known and respected in this constituency.”
The Daily Express exclusively revealed yesterday Mr Green would be standing in the by-election.
Speaking at an event to launch his election campaign on Thursday, Mr Greene said: “I find it quite disgusting in a way, a disgrace that this by-election even has to happen.
“The people of Peterborough chose Fiona Onasanya in good faith that she would work for them, would deliver for them and I never saw her in this city.
“In fact. we heard more about her as a city when she was in prison than we ever did when she was an MP.”
The lifelong Conservative voter said he first met Brexit Party chairman Richard Tice “a week ago last Sunday”, then had dinner with Mr Farage after a Brexit Party rally in Peterborough on Tuesday.
“The reason I support the Brexit Party is they’re the only party that in my view has absolute clarity and focus on what Brexit is,” he said.
“We need to write our own laws, we need to be in control of our own trade, we need to be in control of our own borders.”
Candidates announced so far include Lisa Forbes for Labour, Paul Bristow for the Conservatives, Beki Sellick for the Lib Dems, Joseph Wells for the Greens, John Whitby for Ukip, Patrick O’Flynn for the SDP and Alan ‘Howling Laud’ Hope for the Monster Raving Loony Party.