Date set for UKIP hustings event

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UKIP is braced to select its Boston and Skegness General Election candidate at a hustings event on November 13.

The Eurosceptic party is widely tipped to perform strongly at next year’s election – and a UKIP-commissioned poll from Survation put the party out in first on 46 per cent of the vote with the Conservatives in second on 26.

Deputy chairman – and former Tory minister – Neil Hamilton has applied to contest the seat, although it is thought he will face a number of challengers, with Paul Wooding among the other contenders.

The party has asked for the location of the event not to be revealed as it is a private event for UKIP members only.

Analysis from the Guardian this month suggested Boston and Skegness is one of five seats most likely to be won by UKIP – with a further 25 in the party’s sights.

Labour has already chosen former mayor Paul Kenny to fight the election. Coun Kenny finished second to current Conservative MP at the 2005 and 2010 elections.

A spokesman for the Liberal Democrat party said it hopes to have its candidate in place by the Christmas/New Year period while former UKIP county leader Chris Pain looks set to stand for An Independence From Europe.