Former Labour MP Fiona Onasanya was removed from her position as MP on May 1 after she was convicted of perverting the course of justice. Ms Onasanya was found guilty of lying to police to avoid being prosecuted for speeding and a by-election was prompted in Peterborough to elect her replacement. The vote will take place on Thursday June 6 and it looks as if the Brexit Party could clinch its first seat in Parliament, ousting the Labour opposition.
In the European elections Peterborough voted overwhelmingly in favour of the Brexit party, securing 16,106 votes – more than twice that of runners up Labour.
Labour’s 7,272 votes were closely followed by the Lib Dems’ 6,491 votes.
The Brexit Party’s success in the EU polls has made Mr Farage’s party the clear favourites to win the upcoming by-election with bookmakers Ladbrokes having them in front with odds of 1-5.
Mike Greene, a local businessman who has switched support from the Conservatives, is the Brexit party’s candidate in the Peterborough vote, hoping to be the first party member to get to Westminster.
Following the Brexit Party winning 29 seats in the European elections Mr Farage has claimed he could win the next general election if the Conservative leadership candidates fail to deliver Brexit by the end of October.
He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “If we don’t leave on October 31, then we can expect to see the Brexit party’s success continue into the next general election.”
Mr Farage’s prediction has since been bolstered by the latest general election voting poll, where his party topped the vote for the first time.
The Opinium poll asked voters how they would cast their ballots at the next Westminster election, and 26 percent said they would back the Brexit Party.
Labour were second with 22 percent, with the Tories set to come in third with just 17 percent of the votes.
Despite Mr Farage’s vocal ambitions to win big at the next general election, an aide close to the outspoken Brexiteer understated their chances in the Peterborough by-election.
They said: “We do not have the data that you need to get your vote out, but we’ll give it a shot.”
In contrast, Labour and the Conservatives have been canvassing since Ms Onasanya was found guilty in December in the expectation that a by-election would be held.