FOR a couple of months now, the rumours have bubbled away that the leader of the new Brexit party, Nigel Farage, will stand as their candidate as the next General Election.
It had not gone without notice that despite hundreds of candidates being unveiled around the country and around the county, no candidate had been announced for the eminently winnable Thurrock.
Last month, a number of Brexit Party action days were organised by the Brexit Party campaign manager for Thurrock, Tim Aker. Yes, that Tim Aker, the former MEP, who stood as the UKIP candidate in the 2015 and 2017 General Elections.
The positives and negatives of Mr Farage standing are perhaps for another day. The UKIP candidate got 15,000 votes (30%) in 2015 and 10,000 votes (20%) in 2017. A constituency that has also seen 17 UKIP councillors in its time.
We can also see incumbent MP Jackie Doyle-Price absolutely loving the challenge of the Nigel Farage circus coming to town. The same positivity may be coming out the Labour HQ, where John Kent will also welcome quietly confident of facing such a challenge.
Let us also not forget the Lib-Dems, who will also believe that there must be a home for the 22,000 plus Thurrock residents who voted Remain.
We imagine, Mr Farage is waiting to see what happens after October 31st and may wait until the last possible moment.
Either way, Thurrock politics remains very very interesting.