Nigel Farage is to launch a bid to become an MP at next year's general election by standing in the Kent constituency of Thanet South, local activists disclosed last night.
The Ukip leader has consistently refused to be drawn on where he would mount an attempt to secure a parliamentary seat, although speculation has centred on his home county of Kent.
Party workers in Thanet South, which centres on the seaside towns of Ramsgate and Broadstairs, said he would be one of three potential candidates presented to Ukip members at a hustings this month.
"It is the worst-kept secret in town," said Rozanne Duncan, the local party secretary, said. "We now have two names on the list and one of them is Mr Farage. Whether he will get selected or not is another matter, although I'd be surprised if he doesn't."
Mr Farage stood in the constituency in the general election of 2005, when he came fourth.