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    UK Election: Nigel Farage Withdraws Hundreds of Candidates; Move to Boost PM Johnson’s Conservatives

    UK Election: Nigel Farage Withdraws Hundreds of Candidates; Move to Boost PM Johnson’s Conservatives

    Farage: “The Brexit Party will not contest the 317 seats the Conservatives won at the last election.”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKy-4MEdDVk&t=129s

    In a massive boost to Prime Minister Boris Johnson-led British Conservatives, Nigel Farage has pulled hundreds of Brexit Party candidates ahead of the December 12 election. The Brexit Party will not field candidates in all 317 seats that the ruling Conservative party won in the last general election.

    “The Brexit party will not contest the 317 seats the Conservatives won at the last election,” Farage said. “We will concentrate our total effort into all 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.”

    Farage, who announced last week that he was not standing for election himself, had been campaigning to get Brexit Party candidates elected to the next parliament. After today’s announcement, he is expected to concentrate on pro-EU lawmakers from the Liberal Democrats and the Labour party contesting from vulnerable seats.

    British newspaper The Independent reported the Brexit Party leader’s unexpected climbdown:

    Nigel Farage has sensationally backed down on his threat to stand Brexit Party general election candidates in every constituency across Britain, announcing the party will not fight the 317 seats won by Tories in 2017.

    The move, which he termed a “unilateral Leave alliance”, represents a massive boost for Boris Johnson’s Conservatives in the battle for the 12 December general election, removing the danger that they might lose seats by splitting the pro-Brexit vote. However it could mean Tories face a tough battle to pick up Labour-held seats, where traditional supporters of Jeremy Corbyn’s party who support Leave will have the option of voting for the Brexit Party.

    Responding to the announcement, Mr Johnson told Sky News he had “absolutely not” done a deal with Farage, adding: “I’m glad that there is a recognition that there is only one way to get Brexit done and that is to vote for us and to vote for the Conservatives.”

    The announcement came shortly after Prime Minister Johnson promised a Brexit by 2020 and to secure a Canada-style trade deal with the European Union. Johnson welcomed Farage’s “recognition that another gridlocked hung Parliament is the greatest threat to getting Brexit done,” adding that “only a Conservative majority can get Brexit done by the end of January with a deal that’s agreed and ready to go.”

    The Brexit Party had the potential of costing Prime Minister Johnson the election, a “wargaming” simulation conducted by the Daily Telegraph concluded on Monday. The newspaper predicted, “Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party could decide [the] election by denying Conservatives 90 extra seats.”

    Johnson’s Conservatives, who hold a comfortable lead over their main rival the Labour party, have seen the victory margin narrow in recent weeks. The pro-EU Liberal Democrats and the Greens have floated a “Remain Alliance” to thwart Brexit in case the Tory’s fail to secure a majority in next month’s election.

    Farage’s election decision paves the way for a decisive Conservative victory. Johnson now has to stand firm on his key promise to withdraw the country from the EU and mobilize the unified pro-Brexit vote.

    Nigel Farage stands down hundreds of Brexit Party candidates

    [Cover image via YouTube]

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    An even smarter play might be to restrict his candidates to constituencies where Tories may not be on the ballot, so as to avoid splitting the Brexiteer vote.


       
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      Barry in reply to McGehee. | November 11, 2019 at 1:18 pm

      “We will concentrate our total effort into all 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.”

      Farage


       
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      Milhouse in reply to McGehee. | November 11, 2019 at 5:13 pm

      There aren’t any seats where the Tories aren’t on the ballot, or at least the only such seats are the ones that cannot be pried out of the left’s clutches under any circumstances. This move prevents any Tory gains.


         
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        Tom Servo in reply to Milhouse. | November 12, 2019 at 12:41 pm

        I think everyone has missed something very important that Farage said. look carefully at his words – “We will concentrate our total effort into all the seats that are held by the Labour party…”

        Labour only holds 243 seats currently, leaving over 400 for the Tories to contest without interference. 325 is all that is needed for a majority, and they currently hold 317. (after Boris kicked about 20 members out of his party) So there is still plenty of room here for Tory gain. As for the Labour seats – it would be wise for the Tories to not put any resources into contesting those seats, and instead let Farage have a go at cracking them.


           
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          Milhouse in reply to Tom Servo. | November 13, 2019 at 12:31 am

          You forgot the rest of the sentence: “…and we will also take on the rest of the remainer parties.” That means the Lib-Dems. As in the Labour seats, if the Tories and the Brexiteers run separate candidates that blows away any chance of defeating the incumbent.


         
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        sestamibi in reply to Milhouse. | November 12, 2019 at 7:46 pm

        Unlike the Virginia GOP, which spotted the Dems 10 of the 20 seats they needed to take over the VA Senate, the British Conservative party is far more disciplined, and contests EVERY seat in England, Scotland, and Wales–no matter how hopeless. They stay out of Northern Ireland, though, given the byzantine local conditions there.


     
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    DirtyRich | November 11, 2019 at 12:23 pm

    Johnson needs to build a big tent coalition to push Brexit through, and unfortunately Farage’s party has been successfully portrayed as incompetent xenophobes. Any formal arrangement would close off a lot of moderate support.
    I would wager, though, that there’s an informal arrangement that opened the door to this ‘capitulation’ by Farage. It even helps Johnson with the moderates because it shows that he’s dominant.

    This is the right move if Nigel really supports Brexit, but at the same time I am surprised he did it. I sometimes think Nigel’s ego gets in his way.


       
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      Barry in reply to NotCoach. | November 11, 2019 at 1:17 pm

      “…if Nigel really supports Brexit”

      LOL, you don’t get out much do you?


         
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        NotCoach in reply to Barry. | November 11, 2019 at 1:25 pm

        I know what is passionately stated position is. I think you may need to take some reading comprehension classes. My point is that if he is truly pro-Brexit he will step aside to promote what is best, and he did. My other point is that I sometimes suspect his ego gets in the way of doing the right thing. He threatened to field a full list of candidates if Johnson didn’t team up with him, and Johnson didn’t. I suspect others behind the scenes made Nigel aware of destructive such a position potentially was.


           
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          DirtyRich in reply to NotCoach. | November 11, 2019 at 2:37 pm

          The one thing with Farage is that he might see his hard stance as keeping the Conservatives honest and away from compromises that would undermine a true Brexit. Extreme positions, especially held by people who seem unreasonable and a tad bit crazy, do a great job of anchoring the Overton window.


           
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          Barry in reply to NotCoach. | November 11, 2019 at 3:26 pm

          ” I think you may need to take some reading comprehension classes.”

          I’d suggest you should take some writing and logic classes.

          “…if Nigel really supports Brexit…”

          Oh and you were “surprised” that he did something that would support Brexit.

          Nope, I don’t have a reading comprehension problem. I read exactly what you said and how you meant it. I did not respond to your “ego” bit, suggesting perhaps you have a reading comprehension problem among the other problems.


     
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    Aggie9595 | November 11, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    Lol Brexit is Nigel


     
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    alaskabob | November 11, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    Nigel is the Winston Churchill of Brexit.


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