Nigel Farage targets ‘big bucks’ from frustrated Tory donors
Nigel Farage targets ‘big bucks’ from frustrated Tory donors to fund a Brexit Party snap general election campaign as he demands his party have a role in negotiating the UK’s exit from the EU
- Brexit Party wants 650 people ‘with real-world experience’ to stand as MPs
- Claimed former Tory donors were in talks about ‘big bucks’ campaign donations
- Farage said strong Euro election results would give party ‘democratic legitimacy’
- That should mean it had ‘a say in how we proceed from here’ on Brexit
Mr Farage said the Brexit Party had already raised ‘well over’ £2million to fight the European contests
Nigel Farage says his Brexit Party is planning to run candidates in any snap General Election and is targeting disaffected and frustrated Tory donors to help finance the campaign.
The former Ukip leader said his fledgling party was looking past the European elections on May 23 towards any national poll called if politicians fail to deliver Brexit.
At an election event in London today he aid the party was looking for ‘650 men and women … with real-world experience, people who either in civic life or business life have got some achievements under their belt’.
Tory donors frustrated at Theresa May’s leadership are being targeted by Nigel Farage as he seeks to build an election war chest for his Brexit Party.
And he said former Tory donors were in conversations about providing the ‘big bucks’ needed to fight a general election campaign – in which he was likely to stand.
Mr Farage said the party had already raised ‘well over’ £2million to fight the European contests, with 90 per cent of it from some 88,000 registered supporters paying £25 each, although a £100,000 donation had also been received.
But he said ‘much bigger donors, traditionally donors to the Conservative Party’ were now in conversations with the Brexit Party ‘because they understand and realise that to fight a general election seriously we are going to need big bucks’.
He also suggested that if his party does well in the Europ elections it should be involved in Brexit talks, saying: ‘In terms of legitimacy, if the Brexit Party wins this election arguing for a WTO Brexit, and we get significant support and we win, I think we will have democratic legitimacy to have a say in how we proceed from here.
‘The new date we have is 31 October. We absolutely believe that the UK must, must, must leave on that date. And if we were part of that discussion, I think we could offer them a very sensible way forward.’
At a press conference in London, Mr Farage said ‘if there was a general election that took place any time from September onwards we would be ready to fight it’
Mr Farage claimed the talks between Mrs May’s Government and Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour to strike a Brexit compromise meant they were forming a ‘coalition against the people’
Previously loyal Tory donors were ‘asking themselves the question ‘what is the Conservative Party for, what purpose does it actually serve?”.
He claimed the talks between Mrs May’s Government and Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour to strike a Brexit compromise meant they were forming a ‘coalition against the people’.
At a press conference in London, he said: ‘For us, these European elections on May 23 are but a first step. We intend, as the slogan says, to change politics for good.’
He promised that ‘if there was a general election that took place any time from September onwards we would be ready to fight it’.
Warning the Tories and Labour ‘don’t underestimate us’, he said that ‘if a clean break Brexit is not delivered’ then his new party would get more votes than the almost four million secured by Ukip under his leadership in 2015.
He said the Brexit Party’s door would be open for talks with Eurosceptics from other parties about possible local pacts in constituencies to avoid splitting the vote.
But highlighting the decision by Boris Johnson and Dominic Raab to back Mrs May’s Brexit deal at the third time of asking, Mr Farage said it was ‘very difficult to work out in the final analysis who, in that case, you could really trust’ and so the party’s priority was to fight a full national campaign.
Labour’s Jo Stevens MP, a supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, said: ‘Over the course of a 20-year career in Brussels, Nigel Farage has proved himself adroit at publicity and raking in the cash for himself. But he always ducks responsibility for his statements and actions.
‘Instead, he is still being allowed to propagate myths about what people voted for in the last referendum unchallenged by all those in thrall to his stockbroker-as-man-of-the-people act.’
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