Nigel Farage will make a decision whether to fight for the by-election over Tory ministers quit sprat.
Mr Mercer admittedly he was ashamed and had many regrets as he stood down early this evening.
Mr Farage told the BBC: “I know that winning one seat in Westminster would completely transform the landscape for us as a party in terms of our prospects.
“What I’ve got to work out is, is it the right seat for me. And I just…my reservation in my mind is I haven’t particularly got connections with the local area.”
Patrick Mercer was given a six month ban from Parliament for allegedly asking questions in Parliament in return for money.
The UKIP leader Nigel Farage has said he will decide in the next 24 hours whether to stand in the by-election.