Brexit Party won’t run in hundreds of UK seats

Cheryl Sanders
November 11, 2019

The Prime Minister was visiting the Express & Star's offices in Wolverhampton when news broke that Mr Farage now plans to focus his party's efforts on Labour-held seats.

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage said on Monday that his party would not contest 317 Conservative Party seats in the December 12 election but would contest almost all other seats, a significant boost for Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

"I will tell you now exactly what we are going to do", he told supporters.

He said he still wants to see Brexit Party MPs elected to hold Mr Johnson to account if he wins a majority.

"The Brexit Party will not contest the 317 seats the Conservatives won at the last election", Mr Farage said, adding that he had made the decision overnight.

"A vote for any other party means there is a risk that we simply won't get Brexit done".

Labour Party chair Ian Lavery said: "This is a Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson alliance with Donald Trump to sell out our country and send £500 million per week from our NHS to U.S. drugs companies".

Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said: "Nigel Farage standing down shows the Conservatives and the Brexit party are now one and the same".

"We are perfectly capable of holding the balance of power and delivering Brexit that way", she told talkRADIO's Julia Hartley-Brewer.

"That is a huge change".

"We had been aiming to stay part of many of its agencies".

Eddie Hughes, the Tory candidate for Walsall North, had been due to face a Brexit Party candidate in the seat he won by a majority of 2,601 at the last election.

Meanwhile, the Liberal Democrats have teamed up with the Green Party and Plaid Cymru to form a so-called Remain alliance in a bid to keep Britain in the EU.

He had faced mounting pressure to pull back from fielding candidates in seats where they could split the Tory vote.

"I think our action prevents a second referendum from happening and that to me is the single most important thing in our country".

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