Farage boost for Boris in pledge not to fight Tory seats
Pointing to the future: Nigel Farage made an election pledge (pic: Terry Murden)
Nigel Farage today handed Boris Johnson a huge election boost by declaring that the Brexit Party will not fight any Tory-held seats.
The Brexit Party leader announced that he was ‘putting country before party’ and only fighting Remain constituencies, principally the Labour seats.
The intervention amounts to a partial retreat – with 317 Conservative candidates now getting a free run on 12 December.
Mr Farage told a rally in Hartlepool: “The Brexit Party will not contest the 317 seats the Conservatives won at the last election.
“What we will do is concentrate our total effort into all of the seats that are held by the Labour Party, who have completely broken their manifesto pledge in 2017 to respect the result of the referendum.
“And we will also take on the rest of the Remainer parties. We will stand up and fight them all. So we are not going to fight 600 seats.”