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Farage suggests more than 10 Tory MPs could be willing to quit to join new party

11 Jun 2023 3 minute read
Nigel Farage. Credit: Steve Finn/WENN.

Nigel Farage said he believes “it’s the end of Boris Johnson in the Conservative Party” as he suggested more than 10 Tory MPs could be willing to join a new party.

The prominent Leave campaigner, appearing on the BBC’s Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg show, added that the “gap for another insurgency is actually bigger than it was 10 years ago”.

It comes after Mr Johnson sensationally quit Westminster on Friday as he launched a fierce attack on the Commons Privileges Committee investigation into whether he misled MPs with his assurances over parties held in Downing Street during coronavirus lockdowns.

Mr Farage said: “I think it’s the end of Boris Johnson in the Conservative Party. I think all this talk of ‘oh, he’ll go for this seat or that seat’, well, hang on, he’s virtually just gifted Uxbridge to the Labour Party, there’s no way he’s going to be given a seat, if he really wants to be in politics he is going to have to be part of some sort of centre-right realignment.

“It’s been talked about years ago, the referendum stopped it, now the Ukip insurgency was getting to such a level that there was real talk about this happening, and is Johnson somebody who would want to be part of a new attempt to break the mould of British politics, or would he rather be on the after-dinner speaking circuit?

“I look at reform and, you know, I’m not actively involved in it at the moment, but I think the gap for another insurgency is actually bigger than it was 10 years ago.”

Mr Farage was asked if any Conservative MPs have got in contact who might be interested in a “gap in the political market”.

Red Wallers

He said: “More than before, I think there are quite a lot of Conservative MPs right now who know they are going to lose their seats, the Red Wallers know they’re going to lose their seats as it is running as Conservatives, and if there was a coming together on the centre-right, which is where the gap is, I think quite a few would.”

Asked how many, he replied: “Potentially, potentially, double figures would not be hard to say.

“I think it needs to be more than just me, you know? You can have one person leading a party into a European election or something like that. A general election, you’ve got to have a range of talents.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen, I don’t know what Boris Johnson’s going to do, but I see a bigger gap for insurgency today than I did before.”

Afterwards, when Tory former leader Michael Howard was asked if he believed Mr Farage that there would be “some kind of new outfit” coming, he said that “Nigel is making mischief, which he’s very, very good at”.


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Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
3 months ago

These guys make Macbeth look like a Rom-Com…

I wonder how many will have just picked-up a bit of bling thanks to Fat Shanks…

Will they appear in hoodies or as mugshots…

wayne
wayne
3 months ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

I thought that the centre right party was back in Westminster and headed by Kier Stamer. Curry and a Pint is the smoke screen to Left wing nostalgia, Bubbly and nibbles a well worn and old tired tale.

John Hammond
John Hammond
3 months ago

I wouldn’t trust Falange for one minute. W.r.t. Brexit didn’t he insist we’d be in the Single Mkt, the Customs Union. In fact, we’d be just like Noooorway.
Nevertheless, the more the right splits, the better!

Rob
Rob
3 months ago
Reply to  John Hammond

Totally agree. As soon as the referendum result was over the Brexiteers changed their stance to ‘support a hard Brexit or your against democracy or a remoaner’.

Its the equivalent of saying ‘support independence or your against democracy’ after the 1997 devolution referendum.

Fi yn unig
Fi yn unig
3 months ago

There are countless unhinged Tories who not just may or should join the Reform party but should have been in it all along.

Dai Ponty
Dai Ponty
3 months ago

The English Nationalist Party known as the Tories are about to enter a civil war and tear themsellfs apart with Boris on one side and Sunak on the other they will fragment into 3 or 4 small Parties all right wing and one extreme right wing what i say is GOOD BLOODY RIDDANCE

Llyn
Llyn
3 months ago

Nigel Farage talking about being involved in a “centre-right” realignment demonstrates a complete lack of self awareness. This is a man of the far-right who campaigns for Trump, Le Pen, Alternative for Deutschland and the Freedom Party in Austria (a party formed by ex members if the Waffle SS). Frightening that his ridiculous assertion that he is of the centre-right was not challenged in the interview.

Llyn
Llyn
3 months ago
Reply to  Llyn

Waffle SS even!

G.Bevan
G.Bevan
3 months ago

Too many Tory MPs have seen what happens when they leave the Conservative party and join a fringe right wing outfit. It is a lost seat and political oblivion.
From the Tory party point of view it is a disaster. A split right can never succeed. In leftist areas, Labour majorities and gains increase and in right wing areas the Lib Dems do far better taking seats Labour will never gain.
Asking Farage for advice, a man who has never won a Westminster seat is a waste of time.

Karl
Karl
3 months ago

The BBC license payer still funding and giving Farage lots of attention, all these years on. Abolish it and shut this fool up.

Dai Ponty
Dai Ponty
3 months ago

To me and a lot of Welsh People THATCHER is a swear word totally hated in Wales and Farage is not just right wing he is far Right a FASCIST which of that type not many in Wales Are you perhaps ARE

wayne
wayne
3 months ago
Reply to  Dai Ponty

I would agree with you Dai, That woman’s name never mentioned in conversation. 11 yrs of hell. Followed by 13yrs of another traitor to the people, who was even more right wing and a Liar. There’s an election coming, time for change, From the bottom up it’s time we broke with the established two and look to the new. Start the change, think, rationalise, vote for an independence party.

Rob
Rob
3 months ago

Well yes, but they were going to lose their jobs anyway.

Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
3 months ago

It’s unbelievable how much air space the BBC give Farage and he was one of the main idiots who f*cked the country up! For goodness sake Ignore the fool !

Windy
Windy
3 months ago

They all have more faces than big ben

The Original Mark
The Original Mark
3 months ago

Why are the media giving the misogynistic racist t*at air time and print space yet again, did they learn nothing from their continuous promotion of the pr*ck before? What exactly is N.C playing at?

Fi yn unig
Fi yn unig
3 months ago

Farij has confirmed what I thought only yesterday. That Johnson will next turn up in the Reform Party, one that Farij says he’s not much involved with at the moment but standby. Their teamed up smiling faces will soon appear together as the election looms followed by the claws coming out to fight like brats in the playground to the political death over who is its’ leader. If you think we have problems now …

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