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Nigel Farage ‘should be welcomed’ by Tories, Suella Braverman says

10 Jun 2024 2 minute read
Nigel Farage during a press conference to announce that he will become the new leader of Reform UK, at The Glaziers Hall in London, while on the General Election campaign trail. Photo Yui Mok/PA Wire

Nigel Farage “should be welcomed” by the Conservative Party, former home secretary Suella Braverman has said.

In an interview with The Times, Ms Braverman said the Tories are a “broad church”, and should not exclude anyone who wants “Conservatives to get elected”.

“Welcome”

Her comments come days after a poll suggested Mr Farage, the Reform UK leader, is the most popular option to succeed Prime Minister Rishi Sunak as leader of the Conservatives if Labour wins the General Election.

Ms Braverman told The Times: “We need to, in the future, to find some way to work together because there shouldn’t be big differences between us.

“I would welcome Nigel into the Conservative Party. There’s not much difference really between him and many of the policies that we stand for.

“We are a broad church, we should be a welcoming party and an inclusive party and if someone is supportive of the party, that’s a pre-condition and they want Conservatives to get elected then they should be welcomed.”

Poll

A poll by Redfield and Wilton, conducted for The Independent, surveyed 2,000 adults on Wednesday and Thursday and showed 19% of people think Mr Farage should take over from Mr Sunak, with 22% of 2019 Conservative voters surveyed agreeing.

The poll offered six other names – Penny Mordaunt (15%), James Cleverly (6%), Kemi Badenoch (5%), Suella Braverman (4%), Priti Patel (2%) and Robert Jenrick (1%).

The largest proportion (48%) of those surveyed said they did not know who should replace Mr Sunak as leader of the Conservatives.

To add to the worrying polls for the Tories, 37% of people surveyed said the Reform UK party should replace the Conservatives as the major opposition to Labour, with 30% disagreeing.


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Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
22 hours ago

Ask him about ‘Posh George’ in the Guardian…

Alan Jones
Alan Jones
18 hours ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

He was asked about it, his reply was, ” Firstly I always stand by my friends. Secondly, there is a thing called Christian forgiveness. If people get convicted or do something wrong, well, they have another chance in life to go on & prove themselves.
Christian forgiveness yeah. Unless your a furriner in a boat obviously or one of the “plebs” relying on food banks & the NHS.

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
17 hours ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

About what ‘Posh George’ did to get his spell in an American prison, not how to wriggle out of it…

Daniel Pitt
Daniel Pitt
21 hours ago

Sure, sure. And they should change the name from Conservative Party to National Front while they’re at it.

Gareth
Gareth
21 hours ago

The way the current Tory party has gone, it should be no surprise that they now want to join forces with a man who has shared a stage and given speeches with neo Nazi groups in Germany, and who’s only political policy is immigration. Cymru needs independence now.

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
21 hours ago

It is already, she and the rest of the Gremlins are in it…

CapM
CapM
20 hours ago

Under the Farage test Braverman would have to make sure she didn’t do or say anything that showed she “doesn’t understand our culture”.

Mawkernewek
Mawkernewek
20 hours ago

I’d be skeptical of that poll, because among non-political normies, it may well be that Nigel Farage is the only one that has real name recognition.

cablestreet
cablestreet
19 hours ago

Will Farij as Conservative leader be the final nail in the Tories coffin? One can only live in hope.

Rob
Rob
19 hours ago

Quote: “In an interview with The Times, Ms Braverman said the Tories are a “broad church”, and should not exclude anyone who wants “Conservatives to get elected”.

Really, so if members of the Communist Party signed up to join the Conservatives then you would happily welcome them would you?

If Farage were to become Tory leader then the moderates within the Tories will probably quit to join Starmer’s Labour or the Lib Dems.

Rob Pountney
Rob Pountney
19 hours ago
Reply to  Rob

Former members of the ‘Revolutionary Communist Party’ were (and maybe still are) senior advisors to the Tory government…
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/aug/01/why-johnsons-tories-fell-for-a-tiny-sect-of-libertarian-provocateurs-rcp

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
18 hours ago
Reply to  Rob Pountney

‘The Moral Maze’ ? Yes the BBC News and it’s spin-offs…They really should be held to account at some point…Disgusting outfit…

Last edited 18 hours ago by Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
18 hours ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

‘Peaky Blinders’ meets the Artful Dodger not the D-Day Dodger…

Re the Guardian’s photo, Anthony Horowitz needs to write another Foyle’s War episode…

Mawkernewek
Mawkernewek
18 hours ago
Reply to  Rob Pountney

There is a Revolutionary Communist Party now https://communist.red/ but I have no idea whether its the same people as the old one that disbanded.

Steve A Duggan
Steve A Duggan
15 hours ago

Put Farage in charge of a runt Conservative party, after the next election, and it’ll be the final nail in the coffin for them. The Welsh Conservatives would be better off going it alone.

Charles
Charles
8 minutes ago

World War 2 was about defeating Fascism. Dont forget! Be aware.

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