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Nigel Farage rejects suggestions he could make Tory party return

03 Oct 2023 3 minute read
Nigel Farage. Credit: Steve Finn/WENN.

Nigel Farage has rejected suggestions he could rejoin the Conservative Party.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak left the door open to a possible return after describing the Tories as a “very broad church” when asked about Mr Farage’s membership prospects.

Mr Sunak added to GB News: “I welcome lots of people who want to subscribe to our ideals, to our values.”

But former Ukip leader Mr Farage replied “no, no, no” to the suggestion while Conservative Party chairman Greg Hands also said he would not welcome it.

Mr Farage is in Manchester for the Conservative Party conference and attended a speech on the conference fringes by Tory former prime minister Liz Truss.

Dancing

The prominent Brexiteer was also videoed dancing with Conservative former home secretary Priti Patel to Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.

Mr Farage, asked about Mr Sunak’s remarks, told GB News: “Would I want to join a party that’s put the tax rate up to the highest in over 70 years, that has allowed net migration to run at over half a million a year, that has not used Brexit to deregulate to help small businesses?

“No, no and no.”

He added: “I achieved a lot more outside of the Tory party than I ever could have done from within it.”

Sir Jacob Rees-Mogg described Mr Farage as a “very effective campaigner” and said he shared “most of his political views”.

The Tory former cabinet minister told BBC Politics: “I think Nigel is broadly a Tory and always has been. If he wanted to join I can’t think his membership would be refused.”

But Mr Hands told the same programme: “I think he’s been most recently advocating voting for another political party. That is not consistent with being a member of the Conservative Party.”

Pressed if he would welcome Mr Farage into the party, Mr Hands replied: “No, I don’t think I would because I think he’s repeatedly for the last 30 years or more advocated voting for other political parties.

“I think he said he doesn’t want to see the Conservative Party succeed so I don’t think I would.”

Sir Jacob countered: “We’re always delighted if people cross the floor.”

Conservative Party deputy chairman Lee Anderson, speaking at a fringe event at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester hosted by Conservative Home and UK in a Changing Europe, and asked if he agreed Mr Farage would win a Tory leadership race if allowed to stand, said: “No. I don’t.”

He said he was friends with Mr Farage and he is a “decent man” who has “done wonders for politics in this country” and does a good job scrutinising the Government, adding: “But at the end of the day Nigel has stood many, many times for Parliament and has not won.”

“I think Nigel is much more effective doing what he’s doing,” Mr Anderson said, adding: “For me, if he joined the party I’d shake his hand and welcome him, but I don’t think he will.”


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Jeff
Jeff
6 months ago

Comes to something when the Cons are too far right for this grifter.

Fi yn unig
Fi yn unig
6 months ago

Don’t believe a word. Farage will never get a sniff at being PM with ‘Reform’ and as he knows, the Tories have slid sufficiently downward into his filth league, he’d be happy to join them now. God forbid, he could be the next PM or they’d be happy to have him snarling and spitting his venom as leader of the opposition. Either is an extremely unpleasant outcome but they really are sick enough to bring it about.

Sally-Anne
Sally-Anne
6 months ago

The Torys are basically the parliamentary arm of UKIP these days anyway… one of the few things Nigel Farage has ever said that I can agree with is his claim to have done more to the Tory party by being outside of it… If there is a history, no doubt scholars of the future will marvel at how such an obvious con artist as Nigel Farage managed to not only get his way entirely but also be running around with pockets full of money as the Tory party is rebuilt into Ukip whilst he claims the moral high ground as… Read more »

Last edited 6 months ago by Sally-Anne
Dr John Ball
Dr John Ball
6 months ago

As a rule I do not criticise Nation Cymru, you’re doing a grand job!

But why give this idiot free publicity?????

Fi yn unig
Fi yn unig
6 months ago
Reply to  Dr John Ball

Well, despite getting as much publicity as he craves elsewhere, at least NC can keep us informed of his slitherings and we get to comment on it which is always a liberating experience. Good ole Nige loves a bit of free speech and here we are exercising it. It would be shut down in his friends’ rags so we can’t say it there.

Llyn
Llyn
6 months ago
Reply to  Dr John Ball

It is news and Nation Cymru are a news site. They cannot self censor.

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
6 months ago

From Dusk Till Dawn bar fight scene featuring: Truss, Patel, Coffey, Badenough, May, Braverman, Mordant, Sunak, Barclay, Mogg, Anderson, Cleverley, Gove, Schnapps, Hunt and by special request Farage…

Last edited 6 months ago by Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
6 months ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

I hope the ghost of Jo Cox haunts this despicable apology for a human being for the rest of his life…

Last edited 6 months ago by Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
6 months ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

Patel and Farage dance ‘from dusk to dawn’…

England ,you’ve been had, the Ghouls have taken over the Tories…

@Slash, Burn, Plunder and Pillage UK lead by Sunak and Hunt Undertakers to the Crown have stolen your country, you stupid people…

You’re on a train going nowhere…

200,000 dead thanks to Fat Shanks Johnson, Rishi Sunak and that dribbling imbecile Matt Handcock…

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
6 months ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

BBC promote a P*ss Head and a Coke Head to the Top Table…

Via the Moral Maze and Have I Got News For You…

Last edited 6 months ago by Mab Meirion
Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
6 months ago

Not a bad idea Farage back in the Conservative party – keep all the nutters together so we know where they all are. Also, Farage had a good reputation with the public once but the failure of Brexit has meant he’s now become something of a pariah. Back in the Tory party he’ll keep them unelectable for years!

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