Nigel Farage, the former Ukip leader who lives in south-east London, announced on Thursday that he’s considering a run for London mayor in 2020.
The outspoken Brexit champion said such a move would allow him to “make arguments” on a high profile platform – and he thinks he has enough support to actually pull it off, beating out whichever candidate the Conservatives put forward.
Farage, who left the UK Independence Party in July 2016 – just weeks after the UK voted to leave the EU, will lose his spot in the European Parliament next month when that occurs next March.
Despite seven unsuccessful runs for parliament, Farage has been elected an MEP three times.
“I have been encouraged to [stand] by a group of people, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to,” he told the Financial Times. “I haven’t said no to it, I’m thinking about it.”
“The Tory party are very actively aware that if I did stand, they would probably come third, and they are afraid of that,” he added.
One senior Conservative official told the Financial Times that Downing Street was bracing for electoral embarrassment should Farage throw his hat in the ring.
Kahn – the mayor of London for two years, is seen as the frontrunner in the race.