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Farage announces he won’t be standing in general election to focus on Trump campaign

23 May 2024 3 minute read
Nigel Farage picture by Gage Skidmore (CC BY-SA 2.0).

Nigel Farage has said he will focus on getting Donald Trump re-elected rather than stand as a Reform UK candidate in the July 4 General Election.

The arch Brexiteer said he will “do my bit to help” the party in the UK campaign but that it is not the right time “to go any further than that”.

There had been speculation that Reform UK’s honorary president could return to frontline politics for the national vote for which Rishi Sunak on Wednesday set the summer date.

Campaign launch

Reform UK, led by Richard Tice, was launching its campaign on Thursday morning.

But ahead of the event, Mr Farage said in a statement posted on X: “I have thought long and hard as to whether I should stand in the upcoming general election.

“As honorary president of Reform UK, I am fully supportive of Richard Tice’s leadership and urge voters to put their trust in him and Lee Anderson.

“I will do my bit to help in the campaign, but it is not the right time for me to go any further than that.

“Important though the general election is, the contest in the United States of America on November 5 has huge global significance. A strong America as a close ally is vital for our peace and security. I intend to help with the grassroots campaign in the USA in any way that I can.

“The choice between Labour and the Conservatives is uninspiring, and only Reform have the radical agenda that is needed to end decline in this country.”

Relationship 

Mr Farage has a longstanding relationship with the former US president, having been the first UK politician to meet Mr Trump after his 2016 White House election victory.

Reform UK leader Mr Tice, a multimillionaire former Tory donor, said on X: “Delighted to have Nigel’s help during the election campaign.

“If you want change, you must vote for @reformparty_uk on July 4th.”

Mr Tice inherited the leadership of Reform UK, originally called the Brexit Party, from Mr Farage when he decided to step back from frontline politics in 2021 in the aftermath of Britain’s withdrawal from the EU.

The party is seeking to attract disillusioned Conservative voters, mainly over the issues of immigration and net zero.

Many Tories fear it could put a real dent in Mr Sunak’s hopes of a return to Downing Street come polling day.

They are likely to be relieved ex-Ukip leader Mr Farage has decided against taking on a more prominent role, as this could have massively boosted Reform’s prospects.

Mr Farage has unsuccessfully stood for Parliament several times, most recently in 2015.

In the 2019 election, he withdrew Brexit Party candidates in Conservative-held seats, a move that is thought to have contributed to Boris Johnson’s victory.

Mr Anderson, the former Tory deputy chairman, is the only current Reform UK MP following his defection from the Conservatives.


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Fi yn unig
Fi yn unig
22 days ago

What Farij meant to say was that he couldn’t stand the humiliation of being rejected by the voters for an eighth time.

Fi yn unig
Fi yn unig
22 days ago
Reply to  Fi yn unig

He sits there like some self styled cult leader on GBeebies telling viewers what’s good for them in GB then says they are not worthy of his time because the US election is more important. Trump will give him some work like emptying his chamber pot twice daily – if he’s not in prison.

Jeff
Jeff
22 days ago

Doesn’t want to get beaten by a dolphin again?
Too busy dribbling over his orange chum in the US, says a lot about the bloke if you didn’t already know what he is.

Annibendod
Annibendod
22 days ago
Reply to  Jeff

Something else starting with “F”?

Annibendod
Annibendod
22 days ago

Ych a fi!

hdavies15
hdavies15
22 days ago

Mr F is finished. He’ll carry on making noises but he’s busted. Media to blame for giving him air time.

Karl
Karl
22 days ago
Reply to  hdavies15

You mean the BBC, especially Andrew Neil on the daily politics having him on weekly, while he should have been at the EU working.

Rob
Rob
22 days ago

This is proof that Farage cares more about his pal Trump then he does about the UK electorate, yet there are some Britnats who think that he is some kind of national hero.

Furthermore if I was American then I would tell him to get lost. Trump wants to get rid of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), yet even Farage himself would never dare advocate privatizing the NHS.

cablestreet
cablestreet
22 days ago
Reply to  Rob

I thought the little s**t did advocate privatising the NHS.

Karl
Karl
22 days ago

No shock there. He has always only looked after himself. Lets hope he is humiliated there also. One of the biggest traitors evdr to exist.

Richard Davies
Richard Davies
22 days ago

He has a screwed up digestive system, far more sh*t has come out of his mouth than ever has his backside!

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