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Second Reform candidate drops out to endorse Tories citing ‘racism and bigotry’

02 Jul 2024 4 minute read
Georgie David. Pic Reform UK

A second Reform candidate has dropped out of the election campaign and endorsed their local Conservative instead, claiming the “vast majority” of Reform candidates are “racist, misogynistic and bigoted”.

Georgie David, the Reform candidate for West Ham and Beckton, said she believes the party leadership is “not racist” but it has failed to “tackle this issue in any meaningful way”.

Ms David’s move follows that of Liam Booth-Isherwood, who was standing in the seat of Erewash under the Reform banner but also dropped out of the race saying he had become “increasingly disillusioned” with the behaviour of the party, citing a “significant moral issue” within its ranks.

Nigel Farage’s party has been embroiled by racism allegations since campaigners for Reform in Clacton were recorded by an undercover journalist from Channel 4 making racist comments, including about the Prime Minister, who is of Indian descent.

While Mr Farage has called the Channel 4 report a “set-up” – an assertion the broadcaster has strenuously denied – social media activity of candidates expressing racist, xenophobic or homophobic ideation has continued to raise questions for the party leadership on the views held by those within their ranks.

‘No doubt’

Reform has confirmed it has dropped support for candidates Leslie Lilley in Southend East and Rochford; Edward Oakenfull in Derbyshire Dales; and Robert Lomas in Barnsley North.

Ms David said she would be leaving Reform with “immediate effect” and endorsing the Conservative Party candidate in the seat, Holly Alice Ramsey.

She said: “I am in no doubt that the party and its senior leadership are not racist. However, as the vast majority of candidates are indeed racist, misogynistic, and bigoted, I do not wish to be directly associated with people who hold such views that are so vastly opposing to my own and what I stand for.

“I also have been significantly frustrated and dismayed by the failure of the Reform Party’s leadership to tackle this issue in any meaningful way, and their attempts to instead try to brush it under the carpet or cry foul play.

“As such, I have now suspended my campaign with Reform, and I am endorsing the Conservative Party. I would encourage all of my fellow patriots to do the same.”

On Tuesday, the Times revealed Reform’s Orkney and Shetland candidate Robert Smith posted numerous insults about prominent women on social media, including calling European Central Bank president Christine Lagarde “head bitch of the globalists” and advocating for Nicola Sturgeon to be shot.

Reform chairman Richard Tice described such insults as “appalling”, but said “like anybody, we make some mistakes”.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “Obviously appalling, absolutely appalling. But I’m very clear, we’re a new political party. We’ve been growing fast. Of course, like anybody, we make some mistakes. The thing is, we admit them and we move on and we change and we learn from them. That’s what we’re doing.

“People are recognising that.”

Mr Farage has previously said “bad apples” will be removed from the party, which he said had been “let down” by a vetting company hired to assess candidates.


A Conservative Party spokesman said: “For the second time this week, we have seen a Reform candidate declare that a vote for Reform is a vote for Labour and £2,094 extra taxes for every working household.

“Just 130,000 voters currently considering voting for Reform or the Liberal Democrats could change the course of this election, and Ms David knows this.

“With less than 48 hours till the polls open, be in no doubt – only a vote for the Conservatives can stop the dangers of an unaccountable Labour supermajority.”

Reform candidates who have had their support removed by the party or who have elected not to run will still appear on ballot papers.

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Y Cymro
Y Cymro
12 days ago

Seeing most if not all Reform UK candidates are disgruntled Conservatives who left the party for varying reasons, be it immigration, Europe, or their policies were not extreme enough for them, it isn’t a suprise she’s defected back and her reasoning. We had the same issue in the past with Ukip and the Brexit party with racism & xenophobia. So unless she was very naive knew exactly the makeup of the party she was joining. Remember, one English fascist Nick Griffin of the BNP who in 2014 stated his support for Nigel Farage who called on his members to join… Read more »

12 days ago
Reply to  Y Cymro

Stephen Yaxley Lennon ( AKA Tommy Robinson ) has urged Britan First members to vote for Reform, as has Laurence Fox with his Reclaim party followers, known racists in support of Farage, why could that be ?

Fi yn unig
Fi yn unig
12 days ago

Ooh! Another very late penny drop.

Swn Y Mor
Swn Y Mor
12 days ago

‘Vast majority of Reform candidates are racist, misogynistic and bigoted’. She would surely have known about this before and yet she waits two days before a general election to announce this for maximum damage and effect.

‘As such, I have now suspended my campaign with Reform, and I am endorsing the Conservative Party. I would encourage all of my fellow patriots to do the same’. The language and the tone coupled with the shenanigans of the past week point to a devious, desperate play by the decrepit Tories knowing they are haemorrhaging votes to Reform.

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