UKIP's Paul Nuttall has told talkRADIO he is confident of winning election to Parliament in Stoke, "the Brexit capital of the country."
However the UKIP leader believes the party is always fighting an uphill struggle in parliamentary contests because the electoral system is slanted against them.
Yesterday (Sunday), UKIP confirmed that Mr Nuttall will run for election to the Stoke seat. If he wins, it will give UKIP its second MP in the House of Commons, alongside Douglas Carswell.
The Liverpudlian politician told Paul Ross: "When I took over as UKIP leader I said I'd lead from the front, this is the first real test of my leadership.
"This is a by-election which offers great opportunities for UKIP. Stoke is, in effect, the Brexit capital of the country, nearly 70% of people voted to leave.
"I believe me standing in this election will give us the best opportunity to get an MP elected.
"But the electoral system works against us. The first-past-the-post system doesn't belong in the last century, let alone this one."