Farage elected MP for first time as Reform wins four seats

by | Jul 4, 2024 | Politics

5 hours agoBy Becky Morton, Political reporterNigel Farage has been elected as an MP for the first time, as his Reform UK party won four seats. The Reform leader overturned a 25,000 Conservative majority to take Clacton in Essex by more than 8,000 votes.In a speech after the result was announced, Mr Farage said it was “the first step of something that is going to stun all of you”.Shortly after Reform also gained Great Yarmouth and Boston and Skegness from the Tories. Earlier, former Conservative MP Lee Anderson, who defected to Reform in March, retained Ashfield in Nottinghamshire.The BBC is not predicting that Reform, which was formed in 2018 as the Brexit Party, will win any more seats. An earlier exit poll for broadcasters had forecast the party would win 13 MPs – more than many polls during the campaign had predicted. However, the figure was highly uncertain, as the model suggested there were many places where the party only has a relatively low chance of winning.Taking aim at the Conservatives, Mr Farage said: “There is a massive gap on the centre-right of British politics and my job is to fill it.”Speaking to reporters after the result, he suggested “this is the beginning of the end of the Conservative Party”. Mr Farage said Reform would “now be targeting Labour votes”. “What is interesting is, there’s no enthusiasm for Labour, there’s no enthusiasm for [Keir] Starmer whatsoever. In fact, about half of the vote is simply an anti-Conservative vote,” he said. “We’re coming for Labour, be in no doubt about that.”Polling expert Sir John Curtice said Reform had benefited from a significant fall in the Conservative vote in seats the party had previously held, as well as advancing most in areas where people voted Leave in the 2016 referendum.In all four seats won by Reform more than 70% of people voted for Brexit. Reform UK chairman Richard Tice overturned a 27,402 Tory majority to win Boston and Skegness.Meanwhile, in Great Yarmouth, businessman and former Southampton FC chairman Rupert Lowe beat the Labour candidate by 1,426, with the Tories slipping to third place.In an early sign of Reform’s success in winning over former Tory voters, the first two results of the night in north-east England – in Blyth and Ashington and in Houghton and Sunderland South – …

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[mwai_chat context=”Let’s have a discussion about this article:nn5 hours agoBy Becky Morton, Political reporterNigel Farage has been elected as an MP for the first time, as his Reform UK party won four seats. The Reform leader overturned a 25,000 Conservative majority to take Clacton in Essex by more than 8,000 votes.In a speech after the result was announced, Mr Farage said it was “the first step of something that is going to stun all of you”.Shortly after Reform also gained Great Yarmouth and Boston and Skegness from the Tories. Earlier, former Conservative MP Lee Anderson, who defected to Reform in March, retained Ashfield in Nottinghamshire.The BBC is not predicting that Reform, which was formed in 2018 as the Brexit Party, will win any more seats. An earlier exit poll for broadcasters had forecast the party would win 13 MPs – more than many polls during the campaign had predicted. However, the figure was highly uncertain, as the model suggested there were many places where the party only has a relatively low chance of winning.Taking aim at the Conservatives, Mr Farage said: “There is a massive gap on the centre-right of British politics and my job is to fill it.”Speaking to reporters after the result, he suggested “this is the beginning of the end of the Conservative Party”. Mr Farage said Reform would “now be targeting Labour votes”. “What is interesting is, there’s no enthusiasm for Labour, there’s no enthusiasm for [Keir] Starmer whatsoever. In fact, about half of the vote is simply an anti-Conservative vote,” he said. “We’re coming for Labour, be in no doubt about that.”Polling expert Sir John Curtice said Reform had benefited from a significant fall in the Conservative vote in seats the party had previously held, as well as advancing most in areas where people voted Leave in the 2016 referendum.In all four seats won by Reform more than 70% of people voted for Brexit. Reform UK chairman Richard Tice overturned a 27,402 Tory majority to win Boston and Skegness.Meanwhile, in Great Yarmouth, businessman and former Southampton FC chairman Rupert Lowe beat the Labour candidate by 1,426, with the Tories slipping to third place.In an early sign of Reform’s success in winning over former Tory voters, the first two results of the night in north-east England – in Blyth and Ashington and in Houghton and Sunderland South – …nnDiscussion:nn” ai_name=”RocketNews AI: ” start_sentence=”Can I tell you more about this article?” text_input_placeholder=”Type ‘Yes'”]
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