Published: Fri, December 06, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Stamford and Rutland MEP quits Brexit Party and says 'vote Tory'

Stamford and Rutland MEP quits Brexit Party and says 'vote Tory'

Having comfortably topped the poll at the European elections in May with 29 seats, the Brexit party has seen support evaporate in recent months.

Also urging voters to back the Tories in the video was MEP John Longworth, the ex-British Chambers of Commerce chief who was stripped of the Brexit Party whip on Wednesday for criticising its election strategy.

A spokesperson for the Brexit Party told PA news agency: "We also note that one of the MEPs is the sister of a cabinet minister, another has a partner who works in the office of the same cabinet minister and yet another is a personal friend of both Boris Johnson and Michael Gove. We hope that Mr Longworth is well rewarded for his actions".

Making the announcement on social media, the defectors explaining their decision insisted that if the Brexit Party competed in Labour-held constituencies against the Tories then they risk "splitting the "Leave" vote and allowing a Corbyn coalition into government".

But in November Mr Farage announced it would not contest the 317 seats the Conservatives won in 2017, in order to help Leave-supporting candidates win election.

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Mr Farage said he was "disappointed that four of our MEPs don't seem to understand that we both saved the Conservative party from large-scale losses to the Liberal Democrats in the south and south-west of England".

Ms Blaiklock added that Mr Farage should have listened to his long-term supporter Arron Banks, who she said recommended targeting 20 - 30 seats.

He said: "For those who want Brexit, Boris Johnson's deal is the only option available".

But their letter also said "we believe the current Brexit Party strategy runs the risk of the United Kingdom remaining in the European Union and this is something we are unable to support". "Labour does not have a plan".

The Brexit Party was set up in early 2019 by Nigel Farage, whose years of relentless campaigning against membership of the European Union played a major part in delivering the 2016 referendum, in which Britons voted to leave the bloc.

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