• Nigel Farage Hopeful For Reform Party’s U.K. Election Returns

    July 4, 2024
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    Reform U.K. leader Nigel Farage has claimed the Reform Party is set for a "huge" general election result once the final tallies are finalized. 

    Narrowing on the specifics, Farage has pointed to the first two results in north-east England, where Reform beat the Conservatives coming in second with almost 30% of the vote.

    Reform, which was formed in 2018 as the Brexit Party, is forecast to win 13 MPs, according to an exit poll for the BBC, ITV and Sky out doing the predicted polls. 

    In an early sign of Reform's success in winning over former Tory voters, the first two results of the night - in Blyth and Ashington and in Houghton and Sunderland South - saw the party beat the Conservatives by more than 4,000 votes.

    The third result of the night, in Sunderland Central, followed a similar pattern, with the Reform candidate more than 5,000 votes ahead of his Tory opponent.

    "The revolt against the establishment is under way,” posted Farage on social media. 

    In a video he said the first two results from north-east England were "more than any possible prediction or projection."

    "It’s almost unbelievable," he said.

    "It means we’re going to win seats, many, many seats I think right now across the country..."This is going to be six million votes-plus. This folks, is huge," he added.

    Some of the seats Reform is forecast to win could also come from Labour.

    Among Reform’s top targets is Clacton in Essex, where Mr Farage is hoping to overturn a Conservative majority of 24,702.

    The exit poll suggests a 99%-plus likelihood that Mr Farage will gain the seat.

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    Meanwhile, Lee Anderson, who became Reform’s first MP when he defected from the Conservatives in March, is also seeking to hold on to his Ashfield seat in Nottinghamshire.

    Dr David Bull, the party's co-deputy leader, told BBC Radio 4 if the exit poll was right "this is an historic breakthrough."

    "It is the beginning of a revolt. It is the beginning of the people saying we don’t like what’s going on in Westminster," Bull added. 

    Farage has said he is aiming for Reform to become the main opposition to Labour by the time of the next election.


    Christine Dolan

    Christine Dolan is a seasoned Investigative Journalist, television producer, author, and photographer. She is Co-Founder of American Conversations whose format focuses on in-depth analysis of critical issues about “the story behind the headlines.”
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