Nigel Farage refuses to rule out standing in next general election
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Ex-Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage has refused to rule out standing in the next general election. Mr Farage revealed he had not “given up” on the idea of contesting another election during an appearance in Boris Johnson’s constituency yesterday.
Speaking to GB News viewers in South Ruislip, Mr Farage said: “If it was proportional representation, I’d do it without hesitation.
“As it is, it needs a lot of thought but I haven’t given up.”
Mr Farage arrived in Mr Johnson’s West London constituency of Uxbridge & South Ruislip for his People’s Forum programme.
The former MEP discussed key issues with local residents and GB News guests, including climate change and migrants crossing the English Channel.
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Mr Farage, who led UKIP and the Brexit Party to electoral victory in the 2014 and 2019 EU Parliamentary Elections, previously hinted at making a political comeback during a Bitcoin event in Amsterdam.
Speaking in the Dutch capital, he said: “I won the 2014 and the 2019 European elections – the second one by a landslide.
“I won two national elections that were contested under PR but on the first pass the post – four million votes, only one seat.
“And I think when we get proportional representation, we’ll see people back in politics with real convictions.
“Who knows, I might even give it another go myself.”
Mr Farage’s potential return to frontline politics even led some Conservative MPs to warn ex-Prime Minister Liz Truss against dropping her plans for post-Brexit reforms.
According to the Telegraph, a Tory MP said: “The thought [of a new Farage party] is almost too dangerous.”
Following the UK’s departure from the European Union, Mr Farage’s Brexit Party rebranded to become Reform UK.
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Reform UK leader Richard Tice is looking to benefit from disaffected Conservative voters as Rishi Sunak inherits support from around one-in-five voters.
The right-wing party even boasted about having more members join in a single day than ever before following Mr Sunak’s coronation as Tory leader and Prime Minister.
Mr Tice, who received 10,603 votes as the Brexit Party’s candidate in Hartlepool back in 2019, finished in third place and retained Reform UK’s deposit in last December’s Old Bexley & Sidcup by-election.
Despite opposition leaders clamouring for an early general election, the repeal of the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act 2011 and the creation of the Dissolution and Calling of Parliament Act 2022 means the next poll is due to be held in January 2025.
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