Nigel Farage said a Ukip win in Stoke would be the 'triple' after Brexit and Trump
The former Ukip leader urged locals in Stoke-on-Trent Central to back his successor Paul Nuttall at the upcoming by-election on February 23.
Speaking at a rally in support of his fellow MEP, Mr Farage revealed he had placed a £1,000 bet on Mr Nuttall to steal the Staffordshire seat, which has returned a Labour MP for the last 66 years.
Having famously championed Brexit and the election of new US President Trump, Mr Farage told a 600-strong crowd: "Stoke is going to be the triple."
This is one of the most important by-elections we have seen in modern times
Almost 70 per cent of Stoke residents voted to leave the EU on June 23, raising hopes Mr Nuttall could make a major breakthrough for the party at Westminster.
Both of Ukip's previous by-election victories have come as a result of defecting Tories.
Mr Farage described the influence Mr Nuttall's election could have in the House of Commons over the next few years as the Government negotiates Britain's departure from the EU.
Referring to the historic Brexit vote last year, he said: "We have won the war but we have yet to win the peace.
"I still do not trust the majority of our political class in Westminster.
"It's over seven months since we voted to leave the EU. Nothing has happened."
Mr Farage claimed a Ukip victory in Stoke-on-Trent Central would be a "very large step" towards ensuring the UK's departure from the EU.
Labour's candidate at the upcoming by-election Gareth Snell has previously described Brexit as a "pile of s***", while Tory candidate Jack Brereton also backed Remain.
Mr Farage told local voters: "If you send either of these to Westminster… you are reinforcing those who wish to defy the will of the people."
Describing Mr Nuttall as "the sort of person we have not seen playing a prominent role in our political life for years", Mr Farage hailed his successor as Ukip leader as "someone from a working-class background unafraid to tell it how he sees it."
Labour hold a 5,000-vote majority in Stoke-on-Trent Central, with this month's by-election sparked by the resignation of previous MP Tristram Hunt – a critic of party leader Jeremy Corbyn – quitting Parliament in order to take a job with the V&A Museum.
But Mr Farage claimed Labour had been "hijacked" by Mr Corbyn and his left-wing allies as he attacked the Labour leader's infamous snubbing of the national anthem and past comments on the Falkland Islands and IRA.
He said: "Maybe Paul Nuttall MP will represent more of what traditional Labour voters want."
Forecasting a "sea change in British politics", Mr Farage added: "This is one of the most important by-elections we have seen in modern times.
"We need the 'People's Army' battalion of Stoke."