UKIP has announced its candidates for two constituencies - but are not putting forward a candidate for Chipping Barnet.

Sabriye Warsame is the candidate for Hendon and Andrew Price for Finchley and Golders Green, but the party decided not to put forward a candidate for Chipping Barnet, throwing their support behind Conservative candidate Theresa Villiers.

Father of eight Mr Warsame, who lives in Hendon, was formerly a candidate for the Liberal Democrats in 2014, but switched to UKIP after becoming "dismayed" by the party's EU policies, and has previously stood in council elections.

Mr Price has been active in UKIP for a number of years and previously stood as a council candidate in Haringey, while his wife, Ruth, is standing as the parliamentary candidate for Hornsey and Wood Green.

Mr Price said he believes: "without UKIP there would not have been an independence referendum and without a strong UKIP presence the Tory government will backtrack on its promises of a clean Brexit."

Barnet UKIP chairman Khalid Khan said the decision not to place a candidate in the running in Chipping Barnet was advised from UKIP head office, as the party believes Ms Villiers is "committed to Brexit and therefore supports UKIP principles."

Ms Villiers commented: "What other parties choose to recommend to their supporters is a matter for them.

"If I am re-elected, I will be listening to all constituents, whether they voted leave or remain, as we seek a new partnership with Europe based on trade and cooperation, which sees the U.K. engaging internationally with the wider world.

"It is in the interest of everyone in the constituency that we make a success of Brexit and that we safeguard the economic progress this country has made. The only way to do that is to vote Conservative and choose Theresa May as our next Prime Minister."